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Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016

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The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users—defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days—dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to new data published by CDC and FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users—defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days—dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to new data published by CDC and FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. The decline in use of tobacco products was primarily driven by a drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016. In addition, declines were also seen during 2015-2016 among high school students who used two or more tobacco products, any combustible tobacco products, and hookah. Tobacco prevention and control strategies at the national, state, and local levels likely contributed to the reduction in tobacco use, particularly for e-cigarettes. However, the report notes that continued surveillance of all forms of youth tobacco product use is important to help determine whether the current downward trend in youth tobacco use continues. Nearly one-half of youth tobacco product users reported using multiple products E-cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for the third consecutive year, used by 11.3% of high school and 4.3% of middle school students.

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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0615-youth-tobacco.html

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