Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014
Monday, October 19, 2015
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Linda J. Neff, PhD; René A. Arrazola, MPH; Ralph S. Caraballo, PhD; Catherine G. Corey, MSPH; Shanna Cox, MSPH; Brian A. King, PhD; Conrad J. Choiniere, PhD; Corinne G. Husten, MD
Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2014.
MMWR / October 2, 2015 / Vol. 64 / No. 38
Preventing youths from initiating the use of any tobacco product is important to tobacco-use prevention and control strategies in the United States. Monitoring the frequency and patterns of tobacco use among middle- and high-school students, including the use of two or more tobacco products, is important to inform evidence-based interventions to prevent and reduce all forms of tobacco use. Among current or past-30-day tobacco users in high school, frequent use (>20 days during the preceding 30 days) was most prevalent among smokeless tobacco users (42.0 percent), followed by cigarette smokers (31.6 percent), e-cigarette users (15.5 percent), and cigar smokers (13.1 percent). A similar pattern was observed for students who used tobacco on all of the past 30 days. Among current users in middle school, frequent use was greatest among smokeless tobacco users (29.2 percent), followed by cigarette smokers (20.0 percent), cigar smokers (13.2 percent) and e-cigarette users (11.8 percent). Current use of two or more types of tobacco products was common, even among students who used the following tobacco products 1–5 days during the preceding 30 days: 77.3 percent for cigar smokers, 76.9 percent for cigarette smokers, 63.4 percent for smokeless tobacco users, and 54.8 percent for e-cigarettes users.