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August 17, 2020

Intention to Quit Vaping Among United States Adolescents

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Charleston
  • 2Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • 3Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • 4Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • 5Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(1):97-99. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.2348

In 2019, 25.2% of high school students in the US reported current use (ie, past 30 days) and 11.7% reported daily use of electronic nicotine products (ie, e-cigarettes, vaping).5 Adolescents who vape are at risk for nicotine addiction, toxicant exposure, and transitioning to cigarettes.1,2 The development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based vaping cessation interventions for adolescents could be critical to curbing the vaping epidemic; however, vaping cessation interventions are not widely disseminated, and existing programs have received little empirical investigation. It is necessary to assess interest in quitting and quit attempts in this population to drive funding and guide treatment development. Further, understanding interest in quitting among groups that experience tobacco-related health disparities, including sociodemographic minorities and individuals with mental health symptoms, could guide development of treatment programs for specific subgroups. This study estimated interest in quitting and past e-cigarette quit attempts among US adolescents who vape. To our knowledge, this is the first such report.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Same old story
    Daniel Romer, PhD | Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
    The same things were true about adolescents addicted to nicotine from use of cigarettes. It's easy to plan to quit an addiction. It's harder to do it.