More than 3 Million Youth Reported Using a Commercial Tobacco Product in 2022

CDC and FDA released the following tobacco-related article in the journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2022

More than 3 million (11.0%) U.S. youth reported using a commercial tobaco productin 2022, including more than 2.5 million high school and 530,000 middle school students.  Approximately 1 million youth reported using any combustible tobacco product, and 960,000 reported using multiple tobaco products.  E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product, and cigars were the most commonly used combustible tobacco product.

Youth use of commercial tobacco products — in any form — is unsafe.  Commercial tobacco use continues to threaten the health of the nation’s youth and disparities in tobacco use among youth exist by race and ethnicity, sexual identity, gender identity, academic achievement, level of family affluence, and level of psychological distress.  Everyone can help reduce youth commercial tobacco use.  Parents, educators, and health care providers can help youth recognize and avoid the dangers of commercial tobacco product use, as well as support and encourage youth who use commercial tobacco products to quit.  It’s also imperative to address policy and environmental factors that are driving commercial tobacco-related disparities.

The article is available here:
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7145a1.htm?s_cid=mm7145a1_w 

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