Rise in Teen Hookah and E-Cigarette Use
According to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), smoking rates for teens are down. Instead, teens are getting their fixes from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. The National Youth Tobacco Survey completed in 2012 indicates a decline of about one percentage point for both middle and high school students smoking rates–about 3.5% and 14%, respectively. The report also indicates that 6.7% of middle scholars and 23.3% of high scholars identify themselves as tobacco users.
E-Cigarettes vs. Tobacco Smoke: Regular Cig Use Declining over the Years
There had been a steady decline of cigarette use among teens since the late nineties, most likely due to the Master Tobacco Settlement (MTA) of 1998. The MTA prohibited tobacco companies from targeting youth with ads, reduced cigarette use in Hollywood films and shows, and allowed states to fund tobacco prevention and cessation programs, some of which targeted youth. In the early 2000s, funding slowly began dwindling for those prevention and cessation programs, occurring simultaneously with the introduction of new products by tobacco companies.