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Medical News & Perspectives
January 8, 2014

CDC: Use of Emerging Tobacco Products Increasing Among US Youths

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 (http://1.usa.gov/1dGvtwu).

Comparing data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (http://1.usa.gov/JsRJAk), 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.