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Survey: Fewer students report using tobacco products

June 16, 2017 Silver Spring, Md. — The number of high school and middle school students using tobacco products dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

The decline was attributed to a "drop in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students from 3 million in 2015 to just under 2.2 million in 2016," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a June 15 news release. "In addition, declines were also seen during 2015-2016 among high school students who used two or more tobacco products, any combustible tobacco products, and hookah." The survey, published by and the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products, defined tobacco users as those who reported using a tobacco product in the past 30 days.

"Far too many young people are still using tobacco products, so we must continue to prioritize proven strategies to protect our youth from this preventable health risk," said Anne Schuchat, M.D., CDC acting director.

Other key findings from the survey include:

  • Among all high school students in 2016, the most commonly used products after e-cigarettes were: cigarettes (8 percent), cigars (7.7 percent), smokeless tobacco (5.8 percent), hookah (4.8 percent), pipe tobacco (1.4 percent), and bidis (0.5 percent).
  • Among all middle school students in 2016, the most commonly used products after e-cigarettes were: cigarettes (2.2 percent), cigars (2.2 percent), smokeless tobacco (2.2 percent), hookah (2.0 percent), pipe tobacco (0.7 percent), and bidis (0.3 percent).
For more information about the ADA's advocacy efforts in tobacco, visit ADA.org/tobacco.