Teen smoking is down from previous years and only popular with 9.4 percent of teens. Vaping, however, is on the rise with 13 percent of teenagers using. In fact, e-cigarettes have tripled in popularity in one year according to the report from the CDC released in April, with a sample size consisting of more than 22,000 students from middle schools and high schools. Students were asked whether they had smoked or used a tobacco products in the previous 30 days; those who said yes were deemed current smokers.
Vaping of e-cigarettes is more popular than smoking traditional cigarettes, according to the state health department’s annual report on smoking. The Utah Department of Health reports that 4.8 percent of adults and 5.8 percent of teens routinely use a nicotine vapor product. Experimentation rates range from 4 to 30 percent in Weber and Morgan counties. The overall smoking rate of conventional cigarettes hasn’t changed much in the past half decade, and stays around 10.2 percent.
There are many reasons besides the well-known addictive properties and health detriments not to smoke, but three are predominant. First, it costs money. On average it costs a smoker about $5,000 a year. Smell, yellowing teeth and social stigma give a big second reason. The third reason is insomnia, a common side-effect. In a recent study of more than 15,000 men and women, it was shown that smoking or even living with a smoker can cause snoring.