National survey finds youth smoking rate at record low 8 percent

National survey finds youth smoking rate at record low 8 percent

National survey finds youth smoking rate at record low 8 percent

Among current tobacco users in 2016, 47.2 percent of high school students and 42.4 percent of middle school students used two or more tobacco products.

The number of middle and high school students who used any tobacco product fell to 3.9 million in 2016 from 4.7 million in 2015, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show, the first such decline since the CDC began reporting the measure in 2011.

"This report has some good news, and it has some bad news, when it comes to youth tobacco product use in the United States", said Brian King, deputy director for research translation in the CDC's Office of Smoking and Healthand one of the report's authors.

E-cigarettes may also be losing their novelty among teens, said Matthew Farrelly, a tobacco control researcher at RTI International. "The FDA has invested heavily in compelling, science-based education campaigns, such as 'The Real Cost, ' that have already helped prevent almost 350,000 kids from smoking cigarettes, and continues to enforce important youth access restrictions".

Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests.

That jumped to 16 percent in 2015, and it's become more common than cigarette smoking. Drop fueled a decrease in use of all tobacco products, report finds.

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"We have some good news, and we have some bad news", King said.

The CDC analyzed the results of the National Youth Tobacco Surveys from 2011 to 2016, CNN says. The survey asked them to consider the potential harms of every electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, hookahs, hookah pens, vape pens and e-cigars.

The latest figures show that of those students who used any tobacco product, almost half used two or more.

In the 2015-2016 survey, among high school students, decreases were reported in current use of any tobacco product, any combustible product, use of two or more tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and hookahs. "However, the bad news is that we still have about 3.9 million U.S. youth who are using tobacco products". At the same time, it is no doubt an alarm for the tobacco industry who continue to spend $9.1 billion a year to market their deadly products and aggressively oppose federal, state and local efforts to curtail tobacco use. Nicotine is an addictive substance, and e-cigarettes, which are often sold on the Internet and come in attractive flavors, can be especially appealing to young people, she said.

The new report analyzes the results of National Youth Tobacco Surveys from 2011 to 2016. In December, then-US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a report that detailed the adverse health effects of using e-cigarettes. The number who used e-cigarettes fell to 2.2 million from 3 million, while the number who used traditional cigarettes fell to 1.4 million from 1.6 million.

"Although e-cigarette aerosol generally contains less harmful ingredients than secondhand smoke, it is not harmless, safer is not the same thing as safe", said King, according to Reuters. It is also clear from these most recent numbers that youth are continuing to experiment with, or becoming regular users of, a wide range of other tobacco products. Because of this, authorities are continuous in their efforts to educate the youth about the implications and dangers of tobacco use as well as tobacco-based diseases and deaths.

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