2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey Finds 7 out of 10 Students who use tobacco also use flavored tobacco or e-cigarettes (September 30, 2015 MMWR Report on CDC studies)
On September 30, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release regarding the CDC’s October MMWR Report that includes two reports on the frequency of teen tobacco use, and on teen use of flavored tobacco products. The two reports were written by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on data collected from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) of 22,007 middle and high school students (grades 6-12) from 207 schools (public and private).
The 2014 NYTS survey asked teens about past 30 day current use of 8 tobacco products: cigarettes, flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, menthol cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products, dissolvable tobacco products, and hookah tobacco.
Background information: There is increasing popularity of flavored tobacco products amongst America’s youth, coupled with no federal regulation of flavored tobacco products other than banning flavored cigarettes (except menthol), plus adverse health effects of nicotine on youth and nicotine addiction. The FDA and CDC reports highlight the concerns with the frequency of tobacco use and the pattern of using multiple products, and make policy recommendations based on their findings.
Click here for the CDC/FDA report entitled “Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2014”.
Click here for the CDC/FDA report entitled “Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2014”.