The use of e-cigarettes among junior high school students in Taiwan has increased by more than 50%

The use of e-cigarettes among junior high school students in Taiwan has increased by more than 50%

According to a report by Lianhe Daily on December 27, the use rate of e-cigarettes among Taiwanese teenagers has been increasing year by year in recent years, from 2.5% in 2019 to 3.9% in 2021, a growth rate of more than 50%.

Russell Ying, leader of the Tobacco Harm Prevention and Control Team of Taiwan's "Health Administration", said that although the tobacco use rate among teenagers is on a downward trend, the use rate of e-cigarettes among teenagers is increasing. Public data shows that from 2019 to 2021, the use rate of e-cigarettes among junior high school students increased from 2.5% to 3.9%, and the use rate of e-cigarettes among high school students increased from 5.6% to 8.8%.

According to statistics from the "Department of Health", 6.7% of teenagers under the age of 12 in Taiwan, China have ever smoked. This means that one in 15 teenagers has smoked.

In response to this situation, Taiwan's "Health Administration" and the "Local Education Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture's Education Administration and Supervision Group" (hereinafter referred to as the Education Department) jointly developed "Smoking Prevention and Control Textbooks" for senior elementary school students. "Education Department" team leader Ye Xincun said that the new teaching materials have diverse contents, including board games, memes and other lively methods. They are designed to provide front-line teachers with sufficient teaching materials for interactive teaching with students. They are currently available throughout Taiwan, China. Promoted to 2626 primary schools.

Wang Yiren, chief secretary of the "Health Department", said that most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can easily lead to addiction. Nicotine affects brain development during adolescence and causes neurotoxic effects in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, interfering with adolescents' cognitive development, executive functions and inhibitory control, and leading to greater dependence on nicotine.

Russell Ying also cited foreign research results and pointed out that after students use e-cigarettes, the probability of asthma will increase by 2.36 times, it will also lead to an increase in students' absenteeism rate, and they may even become continuous smokers.

On the other hand, statistics from Taiwan's "Health Department" show that since the implementation of the new Tobacco Harm Prevention Law in March 2022, the investigation and prosecution of 365 e-cigarette or heated cigarette merchants in Taiwan has also been significantly strengthened. As of December 6 On the same day, a total of nearly 20,000 cases were monitored or inspected, including 2,554 suspected illegal cases involving the sale of e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes. A total of 425 penalty orders have been issued, with a total fine of NT$25.39 million (approximately RMB 5.78 million). Yuan).
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