Youth E-Cigarette Use Is Down, but 3.6 Million Still Use E-Cigarettes

Youth E-Cigarette Use Is Down, but 3.6 Million Still Use E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with various partners, released two papers in Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlighting recent changes in U.S. e-cigarette use and sales. 

About 3.6 million U.S. youth reported current (in the past 30 days) e-cigarette use in 2020, reflecting a decline from 5.4 million in 2019, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) conducted in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). NYTS also found that the types of e-cigarette products youth are using has shifted. Among youth e-cigarette users, pre-filled cartridges remained the most commonly used product type; however, disposable e-cigarette use has increased 1,000% among high school students and 400% among middle school students since 2019.

 NYTS findings also showed that most (8 in 10) current youth e-cigarette users reported using flavored e-cigarettes. While the use of fruit and mint flavored e-cigarettes was common among users in 2020, the use of menthol flavored e-cigarettes was also prominent.

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