THC, the active chemical in marijuana, the AP notes.
However, since teens are now back at school, the use of e-cigarettes may rebound.
“E-cigarette use among youth remains a serious public health concern,” CDC specialist Dr. Karen Hacker says in an FDA news release on the survey. “It’s critical we continue working together to protect young people from the risks associated with tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes.”
The FDA is considering more limits on vaping. The agency plans to decide which e-cigarette brands and products can stay on the market and which must be removed, according to the AP.
The agency has not yet ruled on major manufacturers that comprise most of the market, including Juul and Vuse, but other brands are replacing these as most popular with teens, the government report says.
The top brand for high school students is a disposable e-cigarette called Puff Bar that comes in flavors like pink lemonade, strawberry and mango. These disposable flavored e-cigarettes are not regulated as tightly as Juul, which comes in menthol and tobacco only. Among students, only 6% regularly use Juul, the AP reports.
It is important for teens and parents to realize that vaping sets the stage for life-threatening and dangerous complications down the road as well as addiction.
The FDA notes that if you spot any of the following, report it. This will prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to teens:
- Sales to minors
- Flavored cigarette sales
- Illegal marketing and advertising – The Tobacco Control Act gives the FDA the ability to regulate certain marketing and advertising activities by the tobacco industry, including:
- Describing tobacco products as “light,” “mild,” or “low” – or claiming a product is safer or less harmful without an FDA order
- Distributing t-shirts or other promotional or novelty items with brand names of cigarette or smokeless tobacco products
- Sponsoring events using the brand name of a tobacco product
- Distribution of free samples of tobacco products except in limited circumstances
- Placement of cigarette or smokeless tobacco product vending machines in prohibited areas (or providing access to self-service or direct access of tobacco products in prohibited areas)
- Sale of cigarettes in packages of less than 20