Is Vaping a Common Substance Abuse Problem Among Teenage Boys?
There has been a dramatic increase in vaping devices in just a single year per the National Institute of Health. In 2018 it was roughly 37% of 12th graders who reported any vaping in that past year. In 2017, this was around 27% of 12 graders who reported vaping. Vaping is done with drugs such as nicotine and marijuana. Vaping devices are strategically marketed as convenient technology. Unfortunately, demographics such as teen boys are susceptible to this marketing. It is clear that they are attracted to marketable technology and flavorings.
The rates of marijuana use are steady with roughly 5.8% of 12 graders reporting daily use, per the Monitoring the Future Survey. Over the past 20 years, between 5 and 6% of high school seniors have used marijuana regularly. Vaping marijuana is not a new technology, but it has become one that has been marketed very well. Many of these problems start with vaping nicotine, which research has shown does lead to the use of regular cigarettes.
According to the Monitoring the Future Survey, there has been a significant jump in perceived availability of vaping devices. The survey reported that roughly 45% of eighth graders and around 66% of tenth graders said it is fairly easy to get these devices. The research on how vaping affects a person's health is still new. However, drugs such as nicotine and marijuana drastically impact the developing brain among teenage boys.