According to foreign reports, a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that half of high school students in Illinois reported using electronic cigarette products last year. The report said it erased the gains health advocates have made in recent years to control tobacco use.
The increasing trend in the use of e-cigarettes, water pipe bags and electronic cigarette pens is similar to that in the United States in general, and the U.S. health protection agency points out that this is a factor that has prompted surgeons to declare e-cigarette use "epidemic.".
Shana crews, director of government relations at the cancer action network of the American Cancer Society in Illinois, said fighting traditional cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco has been a "multi pronged approach.". State officials and advocates passed "strong smoke-free laws" and ensured increased funding for smoking cessation and education programs.
The report pointed out that in Illinois, almost all public places have not banned e-cigarettes throughout the state, the taxes imposed on products are "disproportionate" to traditional tobacco products, and the Congress has not resolved the legislative proposal to ban flavored electronic products.
"We have to make sure that e-cigarettes are treated like flammable cigarettes," Senator Julie Morrison, a longtime anti tobacco advocate, said in a telephone interview. We have done a good job in changing the smoking culture, and now, especially the younger generation, has fallen behind. "
Cruise added that the funding for the education program was "very bad.". An analysis conducted by her organization found that Illinois's cancer reduction policy was better than any other state except in one area, which is funded by the state's smoking cessation program.
The CDC recommended that the state spend $136.7 million on the program, but according to the American Cancer Society, Illinois allocated only $9.1 million, or 6.7 percent of the recommended level.
According to the CDC survey, "although the number of cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco used by American high school students has decreased, the use of electronic cigarette products is growing. In recent years, the use of electronic steam products has become more and more common among young people, which is worrying. The implementation of evidence-based tobacco control strategies, combined with regulatory efforts (by the food and Drug Administration), are important to prevent and reduce the use of various forms of tobacco products among young people. "
Federal agencies also found that before responding to the survey, about a fifth of high school students in Illinois used e-cigarettes every day for at least 30 days.
The results also showed that half of Illinois high school students surveyed in 2019 did not try to quit smoking.
"In fact, half of all high school students surveyed said they used e-cigarettes, and the frequency with which current e-cigarette users use these products suggests that we need to do better to keep these products away from children. Lisa Lacasse, President of the cancer action network of the American Cancer Society, said in a written statement. "There is no level of safe use of tobacco products, and there is no reason for children to use e-cigarettes."
The novel coronavirus at Stanford University showed that those who used electronic cigarettes sometimes were five times more likely to be diagnosed with a new coronavirus.
Dr Ravi kalhan, director of asthma at Northwestern University, said: "emerging research has shown that the use of e-cigarettes may increase coronavirus infection and lead to more severe lung disease, and we are only just beginning to understand the lasting health effects of the virus. Last year, we saw for the first time unprecedented lung diseases associated with e-cigarettes. Now we are facing the covid-19 pandemic. What is particularly worrying is that more and more teenagers are putting themselves at risk by using e-cigarettes. "
Cruise said that while she and her colleagues knew about the Stanford study and found relevant conclusions, more analysis was needed to establish "good research institutions.".
Morrison said scientists have noticed a preliminary correlation, suggesting that the use of e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes is "dangerous" and can cause lung damage.
"I intend to reintroduce some legislation to try to strengthen the law, get us back on track and encourage young people to quit smoking," she added
In addition to measures to ban Illinois flavored e-cigarettes, she spearheaded an initiative that originated in the office of attorney general Kwame Raoul. Morrison said that Senate bill 3699 is "a very good bill", which stipulates the advertising regulations of e-cigarettes, changes the age of purchasing such products to 21, and changes the taxation method of electronic tobacco products.
The legislation has never left the Senate Guard House Committee and will need to be reintroduced in January.