Nearly one out of every seven children is a current smoker by the time they leave high school. More than one-third of all kids who ever try smoking a cigarette become regular, daily smokers before leaving high school.1 Cigarette smoking among youth has been on a decline, but other forms of tobacco use are on the rise.
Electronic Nicotine Device Systems (ENDS), such as E-cigarettes, are devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users through an inhaled aerosol, are a rapidly emerging trend, and are especially popular among youth and young adults. These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including "e-cigs," "e-hookahs," "mods," "vape pens," "vapes," and "tank systems." E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs besides nicotine, such as marijuana.
Factors associated with youth tobacco use2:
- The way mass media show tobacco use as a normal activity can promote smoking among young people.
- Youth are more likely to use tobacco if they see that tobacco use is acceptable or normal among their peers.
- Parental tobacco use may promote smoking among young people
- There is a strong relationship between youth smoking and depression, anxiety, and stress
- Lower socioeconomic status, including lower income or education
- Lack of skills to resist influences to tobacco use
- Lack of support or involvement from parents
- Accessibility, availability, and price of tobacco products
- Low levels of academic achievement
- Low self-image or self-esteem
- Exposure to tobacco advertising
Most long term smokers started smoking as youth.
Delaying the age of first experimentation or smoking can reduce the risk that youth become regular or daily smokers and increase their chances of successfully quitting if they do begin regular smoking.
More Information about Youth and Tobacco
Truth Initiative (Youth Prevention)
1. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0002.pdf
2. Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/tobacco_use/index.htm
3. State of Connecticut, Dept of Public Health
4. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0127.pdf
Tobacco Control Program - 860-509-8251