According to data from the government, 3.08 million middle- and high school students in America reported having used tobacco products in the past 30 days. This is down from 6.20 million in 2019 and 4.47 million in 2020.
According to the data, one-in-nine teenagers in America were using tobacco products at present.
According to a study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, E-cigarettes were found to be the most popular tobacco product among teens for the ninth year.
With 500,000 reported use, cigars were second. 440,000 cigarette smokers were third.
Nearly 31% reported that they used multiple products. The CDC considered this “particularly concerning,” as it has been linked with nicotine dependence and continued use in adulthood.
Black students used the most combustible tobacco products at 5.7%. This compares to 4.7% of students who identify themselves as multiracial, 4.6% of Native American and Alaska Native students, and 3.9% of Hispanic students. It also compares to 3.4% for white students.
Over 3% of Black students said they smoked cigars and 2.3% used a hookah.
The U.S. has seen a steady decline in cigarette smoking over the past two decades. However, the CDC warned against comparing results with previous years because of a change in data collection methods related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brian King, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of Tobacco Products, stated that there is still much to be done in reducing nicotine use among adolescents.
Based on an annual survey conducted from January to May 2012, the study found that almost 11.3% of students had used tobacco products in the past 30 days.