A recent study which was published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics Edition has revealed that almost one in 11 American teenagers uses an electronic cigarette to consume cannabis.
The findings stem from a survey which was conducted in 2016. Over 2,000 middle and high school teens participated in the study.
That proportion of kids who vape marijuana translates to approximately two million teens across the U.S. A similar study conducted by the University of Michigan had similar findings more than a month ago.
The CDC survey found that more boys than girls were likely to consume marijuana using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) or e-cigarette. Teenage vape rates of marijuana were also higher among middle and high schoolers who stayed with an adult that used an electronic cigarette.
The number of heavy vapers who consumed cannabis using an electronic cigarette stood at almost 64 percent, as compared to 33 percent who didn’t vape on a regular basis. Frequency of e-cig use seems to increase the likelihood of consuming other substances using the ENDS devices.
The study also discovered that nearly 39 percent of all students who used other tobacco products also used an e-cigarette to vaporize cannabis. In contrast, about five percent of students who didn’t use other tobacco products vaporized cannabis. This statistic shows that the use of tobacco products may predispose a teen to vaping marijuana.
The use of marijuana in electronic cigarettes causes a lot of concern, because marijuana is known to affect memory and learning in later years.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, expressed the determination of his agency to end the growing trend of teenagers vaping. To that end, several manufacturers of popular electronic cigarettes, such as Juul, were given two months within which to prove to the regulators that those manufacturers were doing everything they can to stop underage access to their products. Companies that don’t comply would be shuttered, he warned.
Juul is especially notable, because the product has gained huge traction among students, probably because of its sleek design that makes the device easy to conceal.
The findings of this study create an urgency for steps to be taken to prevent minors from consuming tobacco and other potentially addictive substances. It may be necessary for the regulators to consider other means, since their current efforts don’t appear to be having the desired effects. Companies, such as Pacific Software, Inc. (OTC: PFSF) and The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), must be paying attention to these studies, since they could affect how any product that they bring to the market will be scrutinized.
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