Education Development Center Releases Research on Teen Health Trends
Education Development Center (EDC), a New England Council member, has released a new report in partnership with the MetroWest Health Foundation, detailing the latest in teen health trends. The study revealed that while Massachusetts teenagers are smoking fewer cigarettes, the number who vape has increased.
The report described how two out of five high school students have used an electronic vaping product (EVP), which is an increase of 13 percent since 2016. While 28% of students reported using an EVP in the last 30 days, only 3% of students reported smoking a conventional cigarette in the last 30 days. The report also outlined declining usage of alcohol and increasing usage of marijuana.
EDC Project Director Shari Kessel Schneider commented, “While this increase in vaping is consistent with national trends, it is concerning given new research about the dangers of high doses of nicotine and the other harmful effects of the chemicals in vaping products.”
The Council commends this critical research and the ongoing work of the Education Development Center to promote health in New England.