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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 25, 2017

Decline in Student Tobacco Use

JAMA. 2017;318(4):324. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8899

Last year’s decline in tobacco use among US middle and high school students was driven primarily by a decrease in e-cigarette use, according to a recent CDC study.

The analysis, by investigators from the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration, relied on data from the 2011-2016 National Youth Tobacco Surveys. Students participating in the surveys answered questions about how often during the previous 30 days they had used smokeless tobacco or smoked cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookah pipes, or bidis—small imported cigarettes wrapped in a leaf.