Use of all tobacco products, including conventional and electronic cigarettes, declined among U.S. teens last year, according to the latest national survey data from the CDC. Cigarette smoking among middle school and high school students continued a two-decade decline, falling to the lowest level ever recorded in the CDC’s 2015-2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). The decline mostly reflected a 26.7 percent drop in the use of electronic cigarettes, the most popular tobacco product among the students surveyed. Tobacco prevention and control strategies from all levels of government likely contributed to the reduction in usage, the authors of the report said, but stressed that continued surveillance was needed to determine if the trend continues. Remember that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. For more information click here.
Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2016