Combustible Cigarette Use Fluctuating Among North Carolina Youth, E-Cigarette Use Significantly Down from 2019

July 10, 2024 by iwf.org

Combustible Cigarette Use Fluctuating Among North Carolina Youth, E-Cigarette Use Significantly Down from 2019

The 2023 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows a decline in youth vaping and low traditional tobacco product use. However, there are increases in certain areas. High school combustible cigarette use remains steady, daily use has risen since 2021, but decreased since 2019. E-cigarette use is decreasing among high schoolers. Middle school combustible cigarette use has fallen overall but increased recently, while e-cigarette use fluctuates. Reasons for e-cigarette use include curiosity and self-medication for stress. Policymakers must balance adult harm-reduction needs with addressing youth tobacco trends. While youth vaping rates are lower than in 2019, recent increases emphasize the challenges of tobacco regulation.


18.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 48.7 million current smokers in United States 21.60% of men are current smokers but only 15.20% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR


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