Medical News & Perspectives
January 8, 2014

CDC: Use of Emerging Tobacco Products Increasing Among US Youths

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JAMA. 2014;311(2):124. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285837

Emerging tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and hookahs are gaining popularity among US middle and high school students, although these students’ overall tobacco use remains the same, according to a report on current tobacco use by US youths. The report was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the November 15 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (

Comparing data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (, the CDC researchers found e-cigarette use increased among middle school students (grades 6 through 8) from 0.6% to 1.1%; among high school students (grades 9 through 12), e-cigarette use increased from 1.5% to 2.8%. Current use is defined as using 1 or more tobacco products in the past 30 days.

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