05/09/2016

CDC finds e-cigarettes most-used tobacco product among youth


Sixteen percent of high school and 5.3 percent of middle school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, making e-cigarettes the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for the second consecutive year, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and use continues to climb,” stated CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, in a press release. “No form of youth tobacco use is safe. Nicotine is an addictive drug and use during adolescence may cause lasting harm to brain development.”

According to the CDC’s new data, 4.7 million middle and high school students report using a tobacco product, and almost half use at least two. In addition to e-cigarettes and cigarettes, 8.6 percent of high school students smoked cigars, 7.2 percent used hookahs and 6 percent used smokeless tobacco.

“We’re very concerned that one in four high school students use tobacco, and that almost half of those use more than one product,” said Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “We know about 90 percent of all adult smokers first try cigarettes as teens. Fully implementing proven tobacco control strategies could prevent another generation of Americans from suffering from tobacco-related diseases and premature deaths.”

For more information, see the data published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


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