Survey shows 1 in 2 high schoolers in RI tried vaping
The CDC may be gaining ground on a potential cause of thousands of vaping-related illnesses around the country, but Rhode Island is losing ground when it comes to keeping teens away from e-cigarettes.
The CDC said they have a "strong culprit" that is getting people sick. The agency reports that 29 lung fluid samples had traces of vitamin E acetate, an ingredient added to THC-based products.
Despite the CDC's "breakthrough", Rhode Island is dealing with its own problems after the results of the bi-annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey was released this week.
The study shows that 49% of high school students in the state have tried vaping. The numbers for kids who regularly vaped have tripled to 10%.
"Flavored products are one reason why many young people say they start these e-cigarettes," said RI Department of Health spokesperson, Joseph Wendelken. "It's actually the most significant reason why kids start using e-cigarettes."
The state recently banned flavored products, but the survey was given out in January through March, months before the ban went into effect.
"If those flavored products are not for sale in Rhode Island we anticipate that will ultimately impact the usage rates among young people in the state," Wendelken said. "Between now and then its possible we could do some time of intermediate reviews, intermediate looks to see what the numbers look like."