North Carolina teen tobacco use continues to climb, with youth use rising by 1.2 percent to 28.8 percent based on results of the 2017 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey, released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Data also show that 16.9 percent of North Carolina teens report using e-cigarettes, compared to 11.7 percent in the National Youth Tobacco Survey, also released today.
The state survey showed e-cigarettes have been the tobacco product most frequently used by middle and high school students in North Carolina since 2015.
“The use of e-cigarettes by youth is very concerning,” said State Health Director and DHHS Chief Medical Officer Betsey Tilson, M.D., MPH. “Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can lead to nicotine addiction and it harms brain development.”
Another indicator that e-cigarettes will continue to be popular among North Carolina youth is 23.3 percent of high school students said they were considering using the products in the coming year.