Officials say high school smoking at all-time low, but risks still remain
Cigarette smoking among high schoolers is on the decline.
According to the Center for Disease Control, cigarette smoking among high school students has hit the lowest level recorded since the 1991 when the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey began when 28% of high school students reported using cigarettes compared to 11% today.
While cigarette smoking has decreased, a 2015 CDC survey shows that e-cigarette smoking has risen to where 24% of students report smoking an e-cigarette in the last 30 days.
"Current cigarette smoking is at an all-time low, which is great news. However, it’s troubling to see that students are engaging in new risk behaviors, such as using e-cigarettes,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We must continue to invest in programs that help reduce all forms of tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, among youth.”
In May, the FDA approved regulations that restrict all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from being sold to minors across the nation.