CDC: 22.9% Of US High School Students Currently Using A Tobacco Product

Major newspapers, wire sources, Internet and consumer medical outlets cover the findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Youth Tobacco Survey revealing that 22.9 percent of high school students are currently using a tobacco product. The survey, published Nov. 13 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also found that 4.5 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in the previous month in 2013, up from 2.8 percent in 2012 and 1.5 percent in 2011.

USA Today (11/14, Szabo) reports that nearly “12% of high-school kids and 3% of middle schoolers had tried” e-cigarettes “at least once.” USA Today explains that children “are experimenting with a variety of tobacco products beyond cigarettes — from cigars to hookahs, chewing tobacco and pipes.” In fact, almost 23 percent “of high-school students use some sort of tobacco product, according to the CDC.” For instance, nearly 12 percent of high-school students smoke cigars, up slightly from 2011, the paper adds.

Related Links:

— “E-cigarette use triples among high schoolers,” Liz Szabo, USA Today, November 13, 2014.

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