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Teen Tobacco Facts

 Orange County

  • Most students DO NOT use electronic vapor products, but the rates are quickly increasing.
    • 1 out of 5 local high school students used an electronic vapor product in the past 30 days
    • 2 out of 5 local high school students have tried an electronic cigarette or other vapor product
  • Students perceive electronic cigarettes and other vapor products as relatively harmless
    • 63% of high school students and 31% of middle school students think there is no risk or only a slight risk of harming themselves by using electronic vapor products.
  • Most students DO NOT smoke and know that it is harmful.
    • 91% of high school students did not smoke in the past 30 days
    • 79% of high school students have NEVER smoked a cigarette.
    • 87% of high school students think there is a great or moderate risk of harming yourself if you smoke a pack a day.
  •  Many youth who smoke want to quit. 38% of high school students who smoked have tried to quit in the last 12 months.

 Source: Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

 North Carolina

  • Use of e-cigarettes and other vapor products among high school students has jumped dramatically in four years from 1.7% (2011) to 16.8% (2015). (preliminary data - NC Youth Tobacco Survey, 2015)
  • 1 in every 10 middle school students and 3 in every high school students is a current tobacco user (NC Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013)

United States

  • Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence. (US DHHS, 1994; US DHHS, 2012)
    • Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26. (US DHHS, 2012; US DHHS, 2014)
    • Each day in the United States, more than 3,800 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers. (US DHHS, 2012; US DHHS, 2014)
  • Flavorings in tobacco products can make them more appealing to youth.
    • In 2014, 73% of high school students and 56% of middle school students who used tobacco products in the past 30 days reported using a flavored tobacco product during that time. (CDC, 2015)
  • Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the US. (CDC, 2015)
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (CDC, 2015)
  • Each year smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol abuse, car accidents, murders, suicides, illegal drugs and fires combined. (US DHHS, 2014)

References

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, 1994.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2012.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2014. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 64(38):1066–70.