Smoking is on the decline, but vaping is still a problem among Minnesota teens, according to an annual statewide survey – and more are struggling to quit.
The Minnesota Youth Smoking Survey 2020, who randomly polls 100 public schools, found that one in five high school students use e-cigarettes.
The survey included, for the first time, questions about nicotine addiction in vaping. Overall, 70% of students who had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days reported one or more signs of addiction.
“Teens don’t intend to become addicted to nicotine and underestimate the risk,” said Elyse Levine Less, executive director of the Tobacco-Free Alliance. “They are surprised how easy it is to lose control. I’ve heard kids say, ‘I wish I didn’t have to do this (vape)’ but I can’t tell when they lost their choice in the matter.
The survey has been conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health since 2000 to provide information on commercial tobacco use among young people and to design and evaluate prevention efforts.
The numbers for 2021 will be interesting, said Laura Oliven, tobacco control manager at MDH, considering a number of factors that …
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