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Miech says declines in teen vaping likely tied to social rather than health concerns

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"Teens are cutting back on drugs, alcohol, smoking and even electronic cigarettes, study finds" - Los Angeles Times. 12/12/2016.

A new report from ISR's Monitoring the Future indicates a continuing decline for 2016 in the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs by U.S. teens. In particular, use of e-cigarettes was down in all three grades sampled - 8th, 10th, and 12th - which Richard Miech says signals the change "isn't just a blip." The reason for this decline is not clear, but Miech says if vaping does continue to decline, "it would probably be because it’s considered uncool" rather than unhealthy.

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Richard A. Miech

More Media Coverage:

CNN. Teen drug use is down, survey says. 12/13/2016.

NewsLine. Alcohol and Drug Use by US Teens Mostly Declining in 2016. 12/13/2016.

USA Today. There's hope: Fewer teens are doing drugs than ever before. 12/13/2016.

CBS News. Drug use by U.S. teens drops to all-time low. 12/13/2016.

Wall Street Journal. E-Cigarette Use Falls Among Teens. 12/13/2016.

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