Overall tobacco use has not declined among youth since 2011
COLUMBIA - Overall tobacco use has not declined among middle and high school students since 2011, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The data shows 4.7 million middle and high school students were current users (at least once in the past 30 days) in 2015. More than half were current users of two or more tobacco products a day.
The data also shows there was an increase in youth e-cigarette usage, making e-cigarettes the most common form of tobacco intake among middle and high school students. 3 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, which is up over half a million users from 2014.
"No form of youth tobacco use is safe. Nicotine is an addictive drug and use during adolescence may cause lasting harm to brain development,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden.
From 2011 to 2015 e-cigarette use rose 14.5 percent among high school students and nearly four percent among middle school students.
Regular cigarettes are now the second-most common form of tobacco products used by middle and high school students with 9.3 percent of high school students and 2.3 percent of middle school students reported as current cigarette users.