Teens Are Losing Interest in Electronic Cigarettes, CDC Report Confirms

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Once again, there’s been a sharp drop in the number of American teenagers using tobacco, while research also suggests that the novelty of electronic cigarettes may also be wearing off. According to the latest roundup of figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s youth and tobacco report, tobacco use among teenagers has hit a new all-time low.

Specifically, around 11.3% of teenagers of high school age said that they used electronic cigarettes in 2016. Back in 2015, the figure hit a much higher 16%. But what’s particularly significant is the way in which this is the first time a drop in e-cigarette use has been noted since the devices started being tracked by the CDC in 2011.

As for tobacco, the study found that just 8% of teenager of high school age considered themselves to be cigarette smokers, while 20% admitted to having used some kind of tobacco smoking device – hookahs and pipes, for example. According to the CDC, this represents an all-time low and confirms that the hard-fought efforts of health campaigners across the country are finally showing signs of fruition.

Teens Are Losing Interest in Electronic Cigarettes, CDC Report Confirms

“This is unimaginable, extraordinary progress,” said Matthew Myers, president of the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“This is a change of a cosmic nature that has the potential to dramatically impact lung cancer, heart disease, asthma and other problems.”

Myers went on to highlight the fact that as recently as 2000, around 30% of high school age teens in the US stated that they smoked tobacco.

Despite the outstanding progress made over the years, both the CDC and US health campaigners in general are far from happy with the country’s youth smoking rate. Even with the decline, there are still close to 4 million middle and high school student smoking tobacco – a figure in desperate need of bringing under better control.

While electronic cigarettes are widely regarded as a safer alternative to smoking, experts warn that insufficient time has yet passed to determine their long-term effects on human health. They refer back to the way in which it was once assumed that tobacco was healthy, only to discover over time its true lethality.