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Additionally, the percentage of high school students using e-cigarettes has also dropped. For the first time since the advent of electronic cigarettes, vaping decreased from 16.0% in 2015 to 11.3% in 2016, while smoking in that same period dropped from 9.3% to 8.0%.
An unprecedented decline in smoking
“This is great news because it reveals that smoking is truly becoming unpopular among youth. The rate of decline in youth smoking is unprecedented. This despite the rapid rise in e-cigarette experimentation. These data are simply not consistent with the hypothesis that vaping is going to re-normalize smoking and that e-cigarettes are a gateway to youth smoking.” said public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel on his blog.
He added that the drop in e-cigarette use is “reassuring”, as it indicates that as another recent study has suggested, the products are not as addictive as cigarettes, and that claims saying that the products are hooking a new generation of young adults on Nicotine are unsubstantiated.