Fewer Young People Smoking, Using E-Cigs
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, the number of middle and high school students who say they have used a tobacco product in the past 30 days fell from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016.
During the same period, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students dropped from 3 million to just under 2.2 million. The number of high school students who used two or more tobacco products, any combustible tobacco products, and hookah also declined, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, M.D. says that far too many young people are still using tobacco products and it’s crucial for this decline to continue. Strategies include funding tobacco control programs, increasing prices of tobacco products, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and e-cigarette aerosol, and developing media campaigns that warn about the dangers of tobacco products.