A new study released on Wednesday showed about 6.2 million U.S. middle and high school students were current (within the last 30 days) users of some type of tobacco product in 2019.
That’s according to a new National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), which was released in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
According to the survey, about 1 in 3 high school students (4.7 million) and about 1 in 8 middle school students (1.5 million) are current tobacco users.
The survey stated that for the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school (27.5%) and middle school students (10.5%).
Other tobacco products used by middle and high school students weren’t limited to just e-cigarettes, cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, hookahs and pipe tobacco were also used.
“Our Nation’s youth are becoming increasingly exposed to nicotine, a drug that is highly addictive and can harm brain development,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. said in a press release. “Youth use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe. It is incumbent upon public health and healthcare professionals to educate Americans about the risks resulting from this epidemic among our youth.”