CDC report shows increase in tobacco product usage among teens

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Fewer and fewer teens had been using tobacco – at least until last year.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 38 percent more high school students smoked or vaped in 2018. And the use of e-cigarettes is the number one choice among that age group, a trend that the experts say could have significant consequences on young patients’ health.

“Nicotine in itself is not good for youth. It causes certain brain function problems, especially up to about age 25 when the brain is still developing,” says Dan Pekarek, Joplin Health Director.

And the increase wasn’t limited to high school. The CDC says 29 percent more junior high students tried tobacco products last year.

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