Teenagers used more e-cigarettes than combustible cigarettes in 2014, according to a Monitoring the Future survey.
The organization provides new evidence that the rate of kids trying e-cigarettes is increasing. It found that e-cigarette use exceeded cigarette use in all three grades surveyed (eighth, tenth and twelfth), with more than twice as many eighth and tenth graders using e-cigarettes than traditional cigarettes.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, these developments underscore the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its proposed rule to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. “We again call on the FDA to issue a final rule by April 25, 2015—one year after the agency issued a proposed rule— and to close gaps in the rule by cracking down on marketing and flavors that appeal to kids,” said the Campaign President Matthew L. Myers. “The FDA must also require child-resistant packaging for nicotine liquids.”
The FDA announced in early 2011 that it planned to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars and other unregulated tobacco products.