“Understanding Why Middle and High School Students Use E-cigarettes


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. middle school and high school students for the fourth year in a row in 2017.



Earlier this year, CDC and FDA analyzed data from NYTS 2016 to assess the reasons youth use e-cigarettes. Among youth who had ever used an e-cigarette, the most commonly selected reasons for use were:

  • Use by “friend or family member” (39.0%)

  • Availability of “flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate” (31.0%)

  • The belief that “they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco such as cigarettes” (17.1%)


The least commonly selected reasons were:

  • “They are easier to get than other tobacco products such as cigarettes” (4.8%)

  • “They cost less than other tobacco products such as cigarettes” (3.2%)

  • “Famous people on TV or in movies use them” (1.5%)


Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey provides insight into youth use patterns and informs FDA’s regulatory strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco product use.” 






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