On August 22, according to foreign news reports, the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on August 20 showed that in 2019, nearly 11% of American high school students regularly use e-cigarettes.
YRSB defines "frequent" use as the consumption of an e-cigarette product at least 20 days out of the 30 days before the survey. It also distinguishes between past use and current use (at least one day in the 30 days before the survey).
YRBS found that 32.7% of high school students were current e-cigarette users in 2019, up from 24.1% in 2015. In 2019, 6% of high school students were current smokers, down from 27.5% in 1991. Among these 6%, 22.2% are frequent users.
Last year, the current smokeless tobacco use rate among high school students was 3.8%. Nearly 29% of these students regularly consume smokeless tobacco.
Among current users of electronic steam products under the age of 17, the most reported source is borrowing money from other people (42.8%). Among current users of electronic steam products aged 18 or above, the most cited source is purchases in stores (56.4%).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a statement that although smoking, cigar smoking and smokeless tobacco use have decreased among middle school students, the prevalence of young people's use of e-vapor products is worrying. It is necessary to continuously monitor the use of all tobacco products to guide and evaluate public health policies at the local, state, tribal, and national levels.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Children (CFTFK) calls for regulatory action.
CFTFK Chairman Matthew L. Myers said that the 2019 YRBS results released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today are a powerful reminder of the seriousness of the youth e-cigarette epidemic and indicate that policy makers, as always, urgently need to eliminate thousands of people. Thousands of children are addicted to flavoring, products with high nicotine content.