Tobacco Product Use Among High School Students — Youth Risk Behavior Survey, United States, 2019

Today, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health and Division of Adolescent and School Health are releasing the following article in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Although current use of cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco among U.S. high school students has decreased, tobacco usage has evovled, and the increasing prevalence of electronic vapor product use among youths from 2015 to 2019 is concerning.

This report uses data from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to assess use of electronic vapor products, cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco among U.S. high school students, including frequency of use, trends in use over time, and usual source of electronic vapor products.  In 2019, current electronic vapor product use was 32.7%, current cigarette smoking was 6.0%, current cigar smoking was 5.7%, and current smokeless tobacco use was 3.8%.  Implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies, combined with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory efforts, is important for preventing and reducing all forms of tobacco product use among youths.  In addition, continued surveillance of all tobacco products is needed to guide and evaluate public health policy at the local, state, tribal, and national levels.

The complete article is available here:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/su/su6901a7.htm?s_cid=su6901a7_w

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