November 14, 2022 – More than 3 million middle and high school students said they had used tobacco products in the last 30 days, the Centers for Disease Control reports.
This is 11.3% of the students surveyed. Overall, 16.5% of high school students and 4.5% of middle school students currently report using tobacco, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its report. Diseases and deaths weekly report.
The most popular products were electronic cigarettes, followed by cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, nicotine bags, hot tobacco products, and pipe tobacco. The results come from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which ran January 18, 2022, through May 31, 2022.
Deirdre Lawrence Kittner, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, said in a statement a permit. “By addressing the factors that lead to young people’s use of tobacco products and helping young people to quit smoking, we can give our nation’s youth the best chance to live their healthiest lives.”
Divided by groups, tobacco products were used in the past 30 days by 12.3% of female students; 10.3% of males; 13.5% are non-Indian Americans or Alaska Natives; 12.4% of eggs; 11.5% are black; 11.1% are Hispanic or Latino; and 3.1% of Asian students.
Tobacco use was reported by 16% of those identifying as lesbian, gay, or bisexual; 16.6% of transgender people; 18.3% reported severe psychological distress. 12.5% of those with low family affluence; and 27.2% reported that they mostly obtained F grades.
Favoritism, marketing, and misperceptions of harm are major factors that contribute to youth tobacco use. The CDC statement stated that most young people who use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, want to quit.
“The use of tobacco products by young people – in any form – is unsafe,” the report states. Such products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that can damage a teen’s developing brain. Nicotine use during adolescence may also increase the risk of future addiction to other drugs.”
The report said the ability to compare the results of the 2022 survey to previous years was “limited” due to differences in data collection procedures.