A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives prevention advocates a reason to celebrate: youth tobacco use has hit a new low. The study found:
- The estimated number of middle and high school students who are tobacco users dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016.
- Just 8 percent of high-school students smoked cigarettes last year, while a little over 20 percent reported using “any tobacco product,” which includes cigars, hookahs, pipes, smokeless tobacco and small, leaf-wrapped cigarettes called bidis, as well as regular and e-cigarettes.
Teenagers’ use of e-cigarettes fell sharply last year – 11.3 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016, compared with 16 percent the year before. This marks the first drop since the CDC started tracking e-cigarettes in 2011.