11.3% of students report using tobacco products

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THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) — About 11.3% of all middle and high school students reported currently using a tobacco product in 2022, with e-cigarettes being the most commonly used product, according to research published in the November 11 issue of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Eunice Park-Lee, Ph.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland, and her colleagues analyzed data from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey to estimate the Current use of eight tobacco products among American middle and high school students.

The researchers found that approximately 11.3% of all students (representing 3.08 million people) reported currently using a tobacco product in 2022, including 16.5 and 4.5% of high school and college students. college, respectively (2.51 million and 530,000 people, respectively). The most common tobacco product used by high school and college students was e-cigarettes (14.1 and 3.3% [2.14 million and 380,000 persons], respectively). Of all students, about 3.7%, representing 1 million people, reported currently smoking any combustible tobacco product. Certain population groups had higher current use of any tobacco product, including 13.5% of non-Hispanic Native American or Alaska Native students; 16.0 and 16.6% of students identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual and students identifying as transgender, respectively; 18.3% of students report severe psychological distress; and 27.2% of students with low academic achievement.

“Continued efforts to monitor all types of tobacco products, including new products, and sustained implementation of population-based tobacco control strategies, combined with regulation by the FDA, are warranted. to prevent and reduce the use of tobacco products among young people,” the authors write.

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