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
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.
Youth Tobacco Prevention
National, state, and local program activities have been shown to reduce and prevent youth tobacco product use when implemented together.