The number of high schoolers using E-Cigs doubles
Anti-smoking advocates have stressed the need to impose new regulations on e-cigarettes.
"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.
"These startling numbers demonstrate both the overwhelming success of New York's anti-smoking programs. and the need to close unsafe loopholes that leave e-cigarettes unregulated", Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a prepared statement.
While cigarette smoking among NY high school students is at a record low, electronic cigarette use among this age group is soaring, according to the state Health Department. "This is likely discouraging adult smokers from using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool".
However, e-cigarette use by high school students almost doubled over a two-year period, from 10.5 percent in 2014 to 20.6 percent last year.
The smoking rate among high school students across the state was the lowest on record in 2016, but state Health Department data singals a dramatic increase in e-cigarette use. We've had significant success in reducing smoking among young people in New York State.
Cuomo's proposed budget calls for regulating e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes.
The state has sought over the years to curb the growth in e-cigarettes. "From the best evidence to date, e-cigarettes are much less risky than cigarettes". The report also found that the use of e-cigarettes among youths and young adults is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products.
She also pointed to the fact that many have avoided looking into details of e-cigarette flavourings that contain no nicotine.
"Studies show that e-cigarettes are not hazard-free", Cuomo's office said in a news release.
Or, are they a gateway to cigarette smoking, seducing new generations of youth into nicotine addiction, and high risk of disease and death?