Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Youth Tobacco Use Showing 'Promising Declines'

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Youth Tobacco Use Showing 'Promising Declines'

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FROM MMWR

Tobacco use among middle and high school students has dropped since 2011, and e-cigarettes have replaced cigarettes as their favorite form of tobacco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The prevalence of current tobacco use--defined as use on 1 or more days in the past 30 days--among high schoolers fell from 24.2% in 2011 to 19.6% in 2017, and middle school use decreased from 7.5% to 5.6% over that same time. That means the number of youth tobacco users went from almost 4.6 million in 2011 to slightly more than 3.6 million in 2017, Teresa W. Wang, PhD, and her associates said in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Use of cigarettes, which were the most popular form of tobacco among middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students in 2011, was down to 7.6% among high schoolers in 2017, which put it third behind e-cigarettes (11.7%) and cigars (7.7%). E-cigarettes also were the product of choice for middle schoolers with a prevalence of 3.3%, followed by cigarettes (2.1%) and smokeless tobacco (1.9%), said Dr. Wang of the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and her associates.

Almost half (47%) of the high school students who used tobacco in 2017 used two or more products, as did two out of five (42%) middle schoolers. That year, black high school students were less likely to use any tobacco product (14.2%) than were whites (22.7%) and Hispanics (16. …

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