About 2.55 million American middle, high school students use tobacco

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – About 2.55 million U.S. middle and high school students used tobacco during the 2021 school year, according to a National Youth Tobacco Survey.

The survey was conducted from Jan. 18 to May 21, 2021.

About 1 in 3 (860,000) students used at least one type of combustible tobacco product, and about 3 in 10 (740,000) used two or more tobacco products.

In this survey, a combustible tobacco product includes any of the following: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs, nicotine pouches, heated tobacco products, and pipe tobacco.

Students were able to complete the survey online to allow them to complete the survey from home or in school.

While researchers remain confident in the results of the study, the reporting of tobacco use might differ by the setting where the survey was completed.

With the potential for discrepancy, results from 2021 cannot be compared with results from previous NYTS surveys that were primarily conducted on school campuses.

E-cigarettes were reported to be the most common tobacco product used among middle and high school students.

Following is a breakdown of tobacco use among middle and high school students in the U.S.:

  • E-cigarettes: 2.06 million
  • Cigarettes: 410,000
  • Cigars: 380,000
  • Smokeless tobacco: 240,000
  • Hookahs: 220,000
  • Nicotine pouches: 200,000
  • Heated tobacco products: 170,000
  • Pipe tobacco: 80,000

“Youth use of tobacco products is unsafe in any form – combustible, smokeless, or electronic,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “This report provides critical insights needed to combat this serious public health concern and help protect our nation’s youth from the harmful effects of tobacco.”

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