Tobacco Use Among Teens Lowest in Decades

no smoking sign 300x200 Tobacco Use Among Teens Lowest in Decades PhotoLast week, the Centers for Disease Control released data that shows teen tobacco use is at an all time low, including the use of e-cigarettes. In past years, any decline in tobacco use was mirrored by an increase in the use of e-cigarettes.

This is good news as we know nearly all tobacco use begins during adolescence, and 3 out of 4 will continue to smoke in adulthood. Worldwide, smoking still causes 1 in 10 deaths and it is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. While smoking and/or tobacco use is harmful at any age, in young adults it increases the risk of serious health consequences in adulthood, increasing the risks of certain cancers, lung function and brain development.

No matter what age, it’s never too late to quit. Visit Teen.smokefree.gov for teen-specific resources or find out how to make a START plan and what questions to ask your healthcare providers by visiting our quit smoking care guide.