Statistics and Studies
- Nationally, more than 37% percent of high school seniors used e-cigarettes in 2018, up from 27.8% a few years ago
- A review study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina found that tobacco products were more appealing to prospective users when they had pleasant flavors
- Many teens cite flavors as their main reason for use of tobacco products, with 81.5 percent of youth e-cigarette users saying they use tobacco products “because they come in flavors I like.”
- 63% of Juul e-cigarette users do not even realize that e-cigarettes contain nicotine -- but a single Juul e-cigarette pod actually has a nicotine concentration equivalent to that in an entire pack of cigarettes, making it even more addictive and dangerous
- The journal Pediatrics (November 2016) found that young people who smoked flavored e-cigarettes were more at risk of taking up traditional smoking.
- JUUL now holds 72% of the e-cigarette market share, with unit sales increased over 600% in 2017 alone, as JUUL held less than 5% of that same market share in 2016 (Bach, 2018).
- According to the Truth Initiative, “by 2016, nearly 4 out of 5 middle and high school students, or more than 20 million youth saw at least one e-cigarette advertisement” (2018). This exposure is primarily from the retail setting, accounting for 68% of it, followed by 41% from the internet, 38% television, and 24% from print medias like magazines (truthinitiative.org, 2018).
- Being exposed to just four e-cigarette ads on the television has been found to result in greater intentions to use e-cigarettes later on and increases curiosity associated with them (truthinitiative.org, 2018)
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