A Series of Unfortunate Numbers

E-cigarettes use has skyrocketed among US tweens and teens, while use of other tobacco products like hookahs also have increased, according to the CDC and FDA’s recent analysis of the 2011–2014 National Youth Tobacco Surveys.

In 4 years, high school students puffing on e-cigarettes spiked from 1.5% to 13.4%, and hookah use more than doubled from 4.1% to 9.4%. Last year alone, 4.6 million middle and high school students used some kind of tobacco product.

Because nicotine exposure during adolescence—a critical window for brain development—might have lasting adverse consequences and cause addiction, the authors call for strategies to prevent and reduce the use of all such products among American youth.

CDC MMWR

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