Youth tobacco use highest in 19 years
New data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that 6.2 million middle school and high school students use tobacco, the highest level since 2000.
Why it matters: Tobacco use among middle schoolers and high schoolers remains high thanks to the popularity of e-cigarettes.
- Health advocates and some states are blaming misleading advertising, media and inconspicuous vape devices like Juul for enticing kids to try e-cigarettes.
Findings: This year, NYTS asked teens why they smoked e-cigarettes. More than half cited their curiosity and almost one-fourth said they tried them because of the flavors.
- E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school and middle school students for the sixth year in a row.
- About seven in 10 middle and high school students currently using tobacco used flavored tobacco products.