See Tennessee’s Tobacco Report Card from the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2016“. It sounds the alarm about the troubling increase of youth tobacco use in our nation. While significant progress has been made in reducing youth cigarette smoking—an almost 42 percent decline in high school smoking rates since 2011—youth use of other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and hookah, is skyrocketing.
Now, nearly one in four high school students (24.6%) in the United States use at least one tobacco product, and more than 50 percent of these youth that use tobacco products report using two or more tobacco products.1 This startlingly high rate of youth tobacco use is likely to have far-reaching consequences for our nation’s health. Youth who use more than one tobacco product are at greater risk for becoming addicted to nicotine and may be more likely to continue to use tobacco products as adults.2 Beyond addiction alone, tobacco products and nicotine have a negative impact on adolescent brain development according to the U.S. Surgeon General.