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FLAVORS ARE NOT REASON VERMONT YOUTH USE E-CIGARETTES

February 10, 2020
  • More than 18,000 Vermont high school students participated in the biannual survey questionnaire known as the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

  • According to the results, in 2019, 50 percent of Vermont high school students reported ever using an electronic cigarette or vapor product.

    • 26 percent reported having used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days.

    • Only 8 percent reported using a vapor product every day in the 30 days prior to the survey.

  • 80 percent of Vermont high school students reported using a “JUUL/rechargeable pod” device, while only 8 percent reported using a larger, mod device commonly sold in vape shops

  • 10 percent of current e-cigarette users cited flavors as a primary reason for using e-cigarettes, while 17 percent of Vermont high school students reported using e-cigarettes because their family and/or friends used them

  • 52 percent of Vermont high schoolers under the age of 18 reported using a vapor product that they borrowed and/or was given to them. Only 3 percent of students under age 18 reported buying e-cigarettes online.

  • Flavors are an essential component in tobacco harm reduction.

  • On January 2, 2020, FDA issued final guidance that bans the sales of “flavored, cartridge-based [e-cigarette] products,” beginning February 6, 2020. The ban should help reduce Vermont youth e-cigarette use, as in 2019, 80 percent of current e-cigarette users cited using such products.

  • In 2018, the vaping industry created 159 direct vaping-related jobs, which generated $5.4 million in wages alone, and created a total economic impact in 2018 of more than $34 million, including $7 million in state taxes

  • In 2019, 2019, Vermont received an estimated $99.8 million in tobacco taxes and tobacco settlement payments, yet allocated only $3.8 million, or 3 percent, on funding tobacco control programs.

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Key Points: 

  • Vermont’s vaping industry provided more than $34 million in economic activity in 2018 while generating 159 direct vaping-related jobs. Sales of disposables and prefilled cartridges in Vermont exceeded $1 million in 2016.

  • As of December 31, 2019, VDH has reported three cases of vaping-related lung illnesses, and “most patients” report vaping THC, but does not offer information on ages, gender, or specific case counts. VDH earns a D for its reporting on vaping-related lung illnesses.

  • In 2018, only 1.5 percent of Vermont high school students reported daily vapor use. Only 17 percent reported “flavors” for e-cigarette use. More data is needed.  

  • Only 1 percent of FDA retail compliance checks in Vermont resulted in sales of e-cigarettes to minors from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

  • Vermont spends very little on tobacco prevention. In 2019, Vermont dedicated only $3.8 million on tobacco control, or 3 percent of what the state received in tobacco settlement payments and taxes.

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