Why Is E-Cigarette Use Growing Among American Teens?


Latest federal data shows that e-cigarette use is rising among young teenagers and preteens in the United States.

During 2011 through 2015, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5% to 16.0% among high school students and from 0.6% to 5.3% among middle school students.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, three million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2015, up from 2.46 million in 2014.

Overall tobacco use by middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, according to 2015 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which shows that 4.7 million middle and high school students were users of a tobacco product in 2015.


E-Cigarettes Most Commonly Used Tobacco Product Among Youth

E-cigarettes is now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth during in the United States. According to the survey, 16% of high school and 5.3% of middle school students were users of e-cigarettes in 2015.

“E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and use continues to climb,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement. “No form of youth tobacco use is safe. Nicotine is an addictive drug and use during adolescence may cause lasting harm to brain development.”

How To Control Tobacco Use?

According to CDC, regulating the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products can reduce youth tobacco use and initiation.

There is a need to deploy strategies including funding tobacco control programs at CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns.