US youth tobacco use drops 1%, significant decline in high school e-cigarette use

US youth tobacco use drops 1% | Credits: Stockphoto
US youth tobacco use drops 1% | Credits: Stockphoto

United States: Tobacco use among the young population of the United States has witnessed a drop of 1 percent when compared to the last year. As per the latest statistics shared by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration from the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey, a major decline has been registered in e-cigarette use among high school goers.

The latest report outlined that during the period of 2022-2023, around 10 percent of the students (2.8 million youth) in those grades are consuming any of the tobacco products.

According to the study, the nation has witnessed a decline from 16.5 percent to 12.6 percent among high school students. The reports outlined that currently, around 580,000 high schoolers are using e-cigarettes.

Usage of cigarettes among middle-age students 

The study has suggested that the usage of tobacco among middle schoolers has witnessed an increase from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent. In addition to this, the consumption of tobacco products, including cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, has also increased from 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent.

E-Cigarettes | Credits: Google Images

The report further emphasized that the use and consumption of e-cigarettes among middle school students has remained approximately the same.

The stats were shared by the FDA through a news release. According to the FDA, “E-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among both high school and middle school students for the 10th year in a row.”

The Food and Drugs Administration of the United States further underscored that around one of the four students daily use e-cigarettes; out of this, 89.4 percent of the consumers use flavored products.

The director of the Office on Smoking and Health – Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, was also quoted by the FDA in the news release. According to Kittner, “The decline in e-cigarette use among high school students shows great progress, but our work is far from over.”

He further mentioned, “Findings from this report underscore the threat that commercial tobacco product use poses to the health of our nation’s youth. It is imperative that we prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and help those who use tobacco to quit,” according to CNN Health.

Commonly used tobacco product by middle schoolers

The study has suggested that the students studying in middle school and high school prefer consuming disposable e-cigarette products. It is to be noted that this was the first time that any survey discussed e-cigarette flavors like iced and island bash.

US youth tobacco use drops 1%, significant decline in high school e-cigarette use | Credits: Google

The statement by the FDA further outlined, “Accounting for these products provides a more robust picture of flavored tobacco product use among youth, with the results suggesting that flavored tobacco product use among youth might be higher than previously thought.”

National Youth Tobacco Survey

The authorities suggest that the National Youth Tobacco Survey is a web-based survey – conducted among the students of grades 6 to 12. The survey was administered from March 9 to June 16.

CDC’s comment on a report

E-cigarettes are not safe for the young population, underscored the CDC. It is to be noted that the consumption of nicotine and other harmful chemicals can cause damage to the developing brain. Future addiction to nicotine and other substances is a possible risk, the agency outlined.

US youth tobacco use drops 1%, significant decline in high school e-cigarette use | Credits: WHO

Smoking cigarettes is known to be one of the leading causes of preventable disease, disability and deaths in the United States. It can harm almost each and every body organ, CDC mentioned.

The agency further outlined that around 1,600 youth start having cigarettes on a daily basis.

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