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Youth Tobacco Use: Results from the National Youth Tobacco Survey

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2018 E-Cigarette Data

FDA released findings on e-cigarette use from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey early to call attention to sharp increases in e-cigarette use by middle and high school students in the last year. These findings include increases in:

  • Use of e-cigarettes by both groups
  • Frequency of use
  • Flavored e-cigarette use
  • Overall tobacco use (driven by the significant increase in e-cigarette use)

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2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey Findings

Understanding Why Students Use E-Cigarettes

CDC and FDA analyzed data from NYTS 2016 to assess reasons youth use e-cigarettes. Among those who had ever used an e-cigarette, the most commonly selected reasons for use were:

  • Use by "friend or family member" (39.0%)
  • Availability of "flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate" (31.0%)
  • The belief that "they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco such as cigarettes" (17.1%)

Read the full report: Reasons for Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students—National Youth Tobacco Survey, United States, 2016

2017 Youth Tobacco Use in the U.S.

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Goals of NYTS

FDA is committed to a science-based approach that addresses public health issues associated with tobacco use. We collaborate with CDC on this nationally representative survey of middle and high school students that focuses exclusively on tobacco use. NYTS was designed to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs.


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