Study Highlights Explosion in Teen Vaping

A vape-related lung disease that left thousands of people hospitalized this year hasn’t stopped young people from using cannabis vaping products.

In a new National Institutes of Health survey, 14% of high school seniors said they vaped marijuana in the previous month. That’s twice the number who said they vaped marijuana products in 2018 and up significantly from 4.9% in 2017.

About 26% of respondents said they had vaped nicotine.

“We’ve seen [increases] in the past among the three grades, never at this size that we’re observing with vaping,” Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, told CNBC. “Never.”

The mysterious lung illness that affected vape users has been linked to Vitamin E acetate in illegally-sold cannabis-containing products.

Read more about the troubling new figures on teen vaping use here


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 04:32

Likening the proliferation of illicit marijuana cultivation to a “raging forest fire,” Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey is once again urging the governor to declare a state of emergency.