by E.j. Mundell, Healthday Reporter
Addictive e-cigarettes have made inroads among American teens, and government campaigns to prevent vaping among the young are everywhere.
But a new survey suggests another focus: Helping teens already hooked on vaping to quit.
The survey of nearly 500 12- to 17-year-olds who vape found that almost half (44.5%) said they were “seriously thinking about quitting,” with one in four saying they’d tried to kick the vaping habit over the past year.
That suggests that “vaping cessation interventions are urgently needed” to help kids quit, said researchers led by Tracy Smith, of the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.
Reporting Aug. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics, her team looked at 2016 to 2018 data on 498 youth who said they’d used an e-cigarette within the prior month.
Besides finding that many teens wanted to quit, the survey also showed that half of these would-be