Despite Much Progress, Nearly 4 Million Youth Continue to Use Tobacco Products; Work Remains To Be Done


Sep 12

Over the past two decades, there have been tremendous strides in reducing youth tobacco use.

Efforts to reduce youth tobacco use must continue to maintain these strides and help keep other kids from becoming hooked. The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey showed not only that the historic, decades-long decline in youth cigarette smoking continued in 2016. It also provided the first evidence that the dramatic rise in youth e-cigarette use may be starting to reverse. Youth use of cigars and hookah (water pipes) also fell.

Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in our country and kills nearly half a million Americans every year.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, since peaking in 1996-1997, smoking rates have fallen by 71 percent among 12th graders (from 36.5 percent to 10.5 percent who smoke), by 84 percent among 10th graders (from 30.4 percent to 4.9 percent) and by 88 percent among 8th graders (from 21 percent to 2.6 percent). Smoking rates are at record lows among all three age groups. Millions of kids have been prevented from starting down a path that so often ends with devastating diseases and premature death. remains a problem throughout United states, including in Nebraska.  

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016:

  • Nearly 4 million U.S. middle & high school students currently used tobacco products
  • About half used two or more tobacco products

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