MedPage Today reports that adolescent smoking and vaping has gone down, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey.
Just 8% of high school students (6.9% female, 9.1% male) reported smoking cigarettes in the 2016 NYTS, compared to 36.4% of high school students surveyed in 1997.
And after dramatic increases in e-cigarette use among youth in recent years, use among middle school and high school students fell in 2016 for the first time since the products were first included in the NYTS in 2011.
“The good news is we’ve seen a decline in youth tobacco use during the past year, which was primarily driven by a decline in e-cigarette use,” said Brian King, PhD, of the CDC Office of Smoking and Health. “The bad news is that we still have 3.9 million youth in this country who are using tobacco products, and about half of them are using two or more products.”