The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) examining e-cigarette use among middle and high school students.
There’s good news as youth e-cigarette use has continued to decline, with an estimated 11.3 percent of high school students and 2.8 percent of middle schoolers reporting having used a vapor product on at least one occasion in the month prior to the survey in 2021.
Among high school students, vaping rates have declined by 41.8 percent since 2020, when 19.4 percent had used e-cigarettes, and a 58.9 percent decrease from 2019, when 27.5 percent reported using e-cigarettes.
However, in its latest report, the CDC is not providing data on youth combustible cigarette use – arguably the most dangerous form of tobacco. According to the CDC, smoking rates among young adults aged 18 to 24 years old has significantly declined. In 2020, only 9.6 percent of current adult smokers were young adults – a 57 percent decline from 1995 when 22.4 percent of adult smokers were 18 to 24 years old. In fact, smoking rates among young adults are comparable to 65+ rates – in 2020, only 9.2 percent of current smokers were 65 years and older.
Lindsey Stroud – Townhall – 2021-10-18.