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Tobacco usage among teenagers down from 6 to 3 million since 2019

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An estimated 3.08 million U.S. middle school and high school students reported using tobacco products in the past 30 days, according to government data released Thursday, up from 4.47 million in 2020 and 6.2 million in 2019. is decreasing from

The data found that 1 in 9 US teens currently use tobacco products.

E-cigarettes are the most commonly used cigarette among teens for the ninth year in a row, according to a study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. was the product.

More than 2.5 million American teens used e-cigarettes in 2022, officials say

The survey found cigars to be the second most popular, with 500,000 reports, followed by 440,000 smokers.

Nearly 31% of students surveyed reported using multiple products, and the CDC identified these products as “of particular concern” because they are associated with nicotine addiction and continued use in adulthood. It is called.

Flavored e-cigarette products hit stores June 23, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
(Reuters/Ariana Mclymore/File Photo)

Use of combustible tobacco products was highest among black students at 5.7%. This compares with 4.7% of students who identify as multiethnic, 4.6% of Native American and Alaska Native students, 3.9% of Hispanic students, and 3.4% of white students.

More than 3% of black students reported smoking cigars and 2.3% reported using hookahs.

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Youth smoking rates in the United States have steadily declined over the past two decades, but the CDC cautions against comparing results year-on-year due to changes in data collection methods related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Brian King, Director of Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said on reducing the use of nicotine products by adolescents, “There is still much work to be done as the tobacco product landscape is constantly changing. There is,’ he said.

The survey, based on an annual national survey conducted from January to May of this year, showed that nearly 11.3% of all students had used tobacco products in the past 30 days.

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