Fewer Teens Choosing to Smoke Cigarettes

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Among middle school students, 4.3% reported e-cigarette use, while roughly 2% reported smoking traditional cigarettes or cigars or using smokeless tobacco.

Health officials have anxious about the booming popularity of vaping among children and the potential impact on future adult smoking rates.

The results from the recent 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey show that compared to 2015, there were fewer users of tobacco products in 2016. The CDC survey shows 11.3 percent of high school students used a vaping device in 2016.

The number who used traditional cigarettes fell to 1.4 million from 1.6 million.

Current e-cigarette smokers were almost 18 times more likely than people who never tried the products to think the secondhand vapors posed no dangers to children, while former e-cigarette users were over seven times more likely to have this opinion, according to the report published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. These findings from the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey appear in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

It's unclear why teen vaping fell, and it's too soon to know if the numbers will keep dropping.

One possibility may be a growing push to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors, including a federal regulation that took effect in August.

In 2014, the FDA launched "The Real Cost" campaign, its first youth tobacco prevention campaign, which has helped prevent almost 350,000 kids from smoking cigarettes, and continues to enforce important youth access restrictions, according to Gottlieb.

The liquid used in e-cigarettes comes in fruit and candy flavors like cherry and peppermint.

E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product, King said. "However, the bad news is that we still have about 3.9 million USA youth who are using tobacco products".

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Among all high school students in 2016, the most commonly used products after e-cigarettes were: cigarettes (8.0 percent), cigars (7.7 percent), smokeless tobacco (5.8 percent), hookah (4.8 percent), pipe tobacco (1.4 percent), and bidis (0.5 percent).

E-cigarettes are devices that heat up a fluid that contains nicotine to produce a vapor that users inhale.

Research has found kids like to vape flavorings like strawberry and bubble gum, though often in nicotine-free versions. They're considered a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes.

"Young people who begin to smoke at an earlier age are more likely than those who start at older ages to develop long-term nicotine addiction", Arrazola said by email.

"We seen similar declines in the past and the tobacco industry always finds a way to hook youth with new products", he told MedPage Today.

The CDC study is based on a questionnaire filled out annually by about 20,000 students in grades 6 through 12. "However, the bad news is that we still have about 3.9 million United States youth who are using tobacco products".

In 2016, one in five high school students and one in 14 middle school students reported current use of a tobacco product on one or more days in the past 30 days.

According to a new report released yesterday (15th June 2017) by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes and other tobacco products is on the decline for the first time in years.

A previous study conducted by the CDC also found that although the U.S. Surgeon General said that e-cigarette vapor might expose children to nicotine and harmful chemicals, one in three adults are not sure if the devices are unsafe to use around children.