December 18, 2013

Smoking Still Popular in Middle and High School

The latest statistics released from the Centers for Disease Control, analyzed from data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey, address the prevalence of current tobacco product use in the youth population.  They show:
  • 6.7% of middle school aged youths smoke
  • 23.3% of high school youths smoke
  • cigars were the second most commonly used tobacco product, behind cigarettes
  • electronic cigarette use increased significantly from 2011 to 2012 among both groups
  • hookah use increased in high schoolers
These statistics emphasize the need to continue monitoring and prevention of youth tobacco use.

Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 11/15/2013

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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