CDC MMWR: Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students, United States, 2020

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the following tobacco-related article in the CDC journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students, United States, 2020

Current tobacco product use declined among U.S. middle and high school students from 2019 to 2020 — driven by decreases in e-cigarette, cigar, and smokeless tobacco use.  Yet about 1 in 6 (nearly 4.5 million) students were current users of some type of tobacco product in 2020.

CDC, in collaboration with the FDA, analyzed data from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey.  During 2019-2020, decreases occurred in current use of any tobacco product, any combustible tobacco product, multiple tobacco products, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco among both high and middle school students.  These declines resulted in an estimated 1.73 million fewer current youth tobacco product users in 2020 (4.47 million) compared to 2019 (6.20 million).  During 2019-2020, no change occurred in the use of cigarettes, heated tobacco products, hookah, or pipe tobacco.  The comprehensive and sustained implementation of evidence-based tobacco control strategies, combined with regulation by FDA, is warranted for continuing progress toward reducing and preventing tobacco product use among U.S. youths.

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Nearly 4.5 million youth were current tobacco users in 2020

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