Up to 60% of students in U.S. smoke cigarettes

Sep, 2020 - by CMI

The research published on medXriv shows that smoking is associated with an increased prevalence of COVID-19.

There are several studies about the toxic effects of e-cigarettes or vaping used by youngsters, as well as evidence that the use of e-cigarettes might be one of the best probable ways for youngsters to quit smoking. The research published in the Tobacco Control Journal found that teenagers who use e-cigarettes are less expected to use tobacco cigarettes in the future compared to teenagers who use tobacco products. Smoking has several adverse health effects such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cardiovascular disease.

According to the new research by the research team from the University of Michigan, vaping is severely concentrated in middle and high school students in the United States. More than one out of ten middle and high school students in the U.S. admitted that they have used e-cigarettes within the past month. During this study, the researchers found that around 60% of students in the U.S. have used e-cigarettes during that time. The research was published in the Adolescent Health Journal. The team also expected the other substance prevalence at the school level, however, the past month's cigarette smoking predicted e-cigarette use.

During this research, the team examined data collected from 580 private and public schools. Vaping prevalence at the individual level includes gender, race, and age, and school-level prevalence includes urban versus rural, public versus private, cigarette smoking practices, and racial composition. Moreover, the research published on medXriv shows that smoking is associated with an increased prevalence of COVID-19, suggesting that smokers are at high risk and expected to develop the disease. The use of e-cigarettes can increase the risk of respiratory infections. Some prior studies have suggested that availability plays an important role in the prevalence of e-cigarette use.