One in three public high schoolers in Hawaii have used e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. That shocking statistic comes from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a biennial survey that regularly monitors the health risk behaviors of public, non-charter school students statewide. The results of the study — which was conducted by the state Departments of Health and Education and the University of Hawaii Manoa and included over 12,000 students in grades 9 through 12 — were released last month.
Vaping is even worse where I live on the Big Island. We have one of the highest vaping rates in the nation – 20% of middle schoolers have vaped within the last 30 days.
These numbers have continued to climb steadily over the past several years. Even worse: Without systemic intervention, these trends will continue.