Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Cuomo Announces Record Low Youth Smoking Rate In New York

Cuomo Announces Record Low Youth Smoking Rate In New York

Cigarette smoking is out, but e-cigarettes are in.

"These startling numbers demonstrate both the overwhelming success of New York's anti-smoking programs - which have led to record low teen cigarette use - and the need to close risky loopholes that leave e-cigarettes unregulated", Governor Cuomo said.

That's down from 27.1 percent in 2000.

Kozlowski adds that research in the US shows that as use of e-cigarettes - the act of which is known as vaping - has increased, overall smoking rates have decreased.

The number of high school students in NY who smoke continues to go down.

According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, the number of high school students using e-cigarettes soared 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, becoming the most commonly used form of nicotine among youths.

"While research exists to support either side of the argument, we conclude, currently, that youth use of e-cigarettes is unlikely to increase the ranks of future cigarette smokers", said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper's lead author and a UB professor of community health and health behavior, and Kenneth Warner, a professor of public health in Michigan's School of Public Health.

"We must continue to safeguard NY youth from the dangers associated with cigarette and e-cigarette use, both known and unknown".

Besides the health concerns with e-cigarette use, it can also lead to the use of other tobacco products - and e-cigarettes are increasingly marketed to attract young users, health officials warned. And the year before, the government nearly doubled the price of cigarettes.

"E-cigarettes are not as risky as combustible cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine", Billoni told WBFO.

The researchers, who focused their attention on youths, acknowledge that the use of e-cigarettes - known as vaping - is not risk-free.

"All of them said they'd smoked only one or two cigarettes in the past 12 months", Warner says. "Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug that can cause permanent changes in young, developing brains".

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