CDC and FDA Report Increases in E-Cig and Hookah Use Among School Students
- In 2014, one in four high school students and one in 13 middle school students used one or more tobacco products in the last 30 days.
- Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.
- In 2014, for the first time in NYTS, current e-cigarette use surpassed current use of every other tobacco product, including cigarettes.
- Hookah smoking roughly doubled for middle and high school students, while cigarette use declined among high school students and remained unchanged for middle school students.
- There was no decline in overall tobacco use between 2011 and 2014.
- Youth use of tobacco in any form, whether it be combustible, noncombustible, or electronic, is unsafe (1); regardless of mode of delivery, nicotine exposure during adolescence, a critical time for brain development, might have lasting adverse consequences for brain development (1), causes addiction (3), and might lead to sustained use of tobacco products.
- Because use of emerging tobacco products (e-cigarettes and hookahs) is increasing among middle and high school students, it is critical that comprehensive tobacco control and prevention strategies for youths should address all tobacco products and not just cigarettes.