Youth Nicotine Use
Tobacco product use among US youth is increasing. More than 1 in 4 high school students and about 1 in 14 middle school students in 2018 had used a tobacco product in the past 30 days. This was a considerable increase from 2017, which was driven by an increase in e-cigarette use.
Cause for Concern
There were 1.5 million more current youth e-cigarette users in 2018 than 2017.
4.9 million youth were current tobacco product users in 2018.
Use of any tobacco product grew by 38.3% among high school students (2017-2018).
Any tobacco product use among youth is unsafe, including e-cigarettes.
• Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including about 70 that cause cancer.
• Nearly all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, contain nicotine.
• Youth nicotine use can lead to addiction and can harm the developing brain, impacting learning, memory, and attention.
The way media show tobacco product use as a normal activity can make young people want to try these products. Youth are more likely to use tobacco products if they see people their age using these products. High school athletes are more likely to use smokeless tobacco than those of the same age who are not athletes. Young people may be more likely to use tobacco products if a parent uses these products.
Youth Tobacco Prevention
National, state, and local program activities have been shown to reduce and prevent youth tobacco product use when implemented together.