Dr. Jonathan Avery, an expert in addiction psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said that experts anticipate an increase in e-cigarette use now that students are back in person at school full time.
“Some of the upticks now could be that students are around each other again,” says Dr. Avery, who is also the Stephen P. Tobin and Dr. Arnold M. Cooper Associate Professor in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. “They are back in their social environment, experimenting again, although thankfully not as much as pre-pandemic.”
In 2019, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 27.5% of students in high school and 10.5% percent in middle school were using
e-cigarettes, which was an all-time high. Numbers had steadily decreased since, and 2022 marks the first time that numbers have ticked back up.