Youth Tobacco Use in America: An Update

Sydney Jennings

Associate Editor of Patient Care Online

The US Food and Drug Administration, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the results of the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) in September 2020. The NYTS is a cross-sectional, school-based, self-administered survey of US middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students conducted during January 16-March 16, 2020. The survey assessed current (past 30-day) e-cigarette use and weighted prevalence estimates and population totals were calculated.

The survey showed an encouraging decrease in overall youth e-cigarette use, but also a concerning increase in use of disposable e-cigarettes along with use of fruit and menthol flavored e-cigarettes. In the slides below, find more key takeaways for primary care.