Despite ban in St. Louis area, appeal of vaping remains strong for … – KRCU

A year after St. Louis and St. Louis County passed legislation to raise the age of purchasing tobacco products to 21, teenagers are still possessing these products at a high rate. A 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that while the number of teenage tobacco users has declined, the number of teenagers who use electronic cigarettes is greater than those who use conventional cigarettes.

In 2016, among current tobacco product users, 47.2 percent of high school students and 42.4 percent of middle school students used tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were the most commonly used tobacco product among high (11.3 percent) and middle (4.3 percent) school students. Current use of any tobacco product did not change significantly during 2011–2016 among high or middle school students, although combustible tobacco product use declined.

Some experts attribute the large number of underage smokers to the variety of flavors that e-cigarettes contain.

“Some of them can be like candy flavors or cereal flavors, and they have all of these big names and

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