According to a report released by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of high school and middle school students who frequently use e-cigarettes has dropped for the first time. The report by the federal agency was released on Thursday.
The health agency has been monitoring the use of e-cigarettes among adolescents since 2011, and all the previous reports conducted have shown an increase in the usage.The recent report also stated that the use of other tobacco products among this age group has also decreased.
In order to reach the findings of the new reports, the researchers analysed the results of National Youth Tobacco Surveys from the year 2011 to 2016. These annual surveys were handed to middle and high school students in the US, who voluntarily filled out the pencil and paper questionnaire which was based on their behaviour in the past 30 days.
After analysing the surveys, the researchers at the CDC concluded that the rate of rate of high-schoolers using e-cigarettes, along with hookahs and combustible tobacco products, dropped from the year 2015 50 2016. There was a drop in the rates of e-cigarette use among middle-schoolers as well.
Commenting on the findings of the report, deputy director for research translation in the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Healthand one of the report’s authors, Brian King said, “This report has some good news, and it has some bad news, when it comes to youth tobacco product use in the United States.”
“The good news is that we’ve seen a marked decline in the use of tobacco products among our nation’s youth. However, the bad news is that we still have about 3.9 million U.S. youth who are using tobacco products,” King added.
The researchers also concluded that although the results of the report showed a downward trend in the e-cigarette use from 2015 to 2016, there was not an overall decrease in the tobacco product use from 2011 to 2016.