The CDC and FDA released the following tobacco-related article in the journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
More than 3 million (11.0%) U.S. youth reported using a commercial tobacco product in 2022, including more than 2.5 million high school and 530,000 middle school students. Approximately 1 million youth reported using any combustible tobacco product, and 960,000 reported using multiple tobacco products. E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product, and cigars were the most commonly used combustible tobacco product.
What is already known about this topic?
Commercial tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe.
What is added by this report?
In 2022, nearly one in nine (11.3%) middle and high school students reported current tobacco product use, including 13.5% of non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native students; 16.0% who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual; 16.6% who identified as transgender; 18.3% who reported severe psychological distress; 12.5% with low family affluence; and 27.2% with low academic achievement.
What are the implications for public health?
Continued surveillance, sustained implementation of population-based tobacco control strategies, and efforts to address disparities, combined with the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation are warranted to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use.