Commercial Tobacco Product Use Among U.S. Middle and High School Students — National Youth Tobaccco Survey, 2023

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

Tobacco Product Use Among U.S. Middle and High School Students — National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2023

E-cigarette use among high school students declined in 2023, yet nearly half of youth who ever tried e-cigarettes reported current use.

  • CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed data from the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey to assess commercial tobacco product use patterns and associated factors among U.S. middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9 – 12) students.
  • In 2023, 10% of middle and high school students (2.8 million) reported current use (past 30-day) use of any commercial tobacco product.  Among high school students, current use of any commercial tobacco product declined during 2022-2023 (16.5% to 12.6%); this was primarily driven by a decline in e-cigarette use (14.1% to 10.0%).  Among all students reporting current e-cigarette use, about 1 in 4 reported using e-cigarettes daily.
  • Youth use of commercial tobacco products in any form, is unsafe.  Youth e-cigarette use remains a critical public health concern.  Commercial tobacco use is a leading risk factor for disability and premature death and is harmful to the developing adolescent brain.  Sustained efforts to prevent youth from starting to use commercial tobacco, and strategies to help youth who use commercial tobacco to quit, are critical to reducing commercial tobacco product use among youth.

The article is available here: bit.ly/mm7244a1

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