E-cigarette use by US teens fell sharply last year, while overall tobacco use among youth dipped to a record low, the CDC reported yesterday.
The numbers for high schoolers:
- 11.3% used e-cigarettes in 2016 (vs. 16% in 2015)
- 8% smoked cigarettes last year
- Just over 20% reported using “any tobacco product”
Calling the progress unimaginable and extraordinary, Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said it “has the potential to dramatically impact lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and other problems.”
Still, anti-tobacco advocates warn that too many—3.9 million—high school and middle school students still use tobacco, and continued progress depends on upholding regulations.
Source: The Washington Post