Editor’s note: These articles summarize key points from three Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The comment sections might include additional information that did not appear in the original publications. To subscribe to MMWR, visit www.cdc.gov/MMWR.
♦ “Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011 and 2012.” MMWR. 2013;62(45):893-897, www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6245a2.htm.
Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. Today, 20% of U.S. adults smoke tobacco, and about 90% of them began smoking by 18 years of age.
A substantial proportion of tobacco use by youth occurs with products other than cigarettes (cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, bidis, snus, kreteks and dissolvable tobacco). Therefore, monitoring and prevention of tobacco use by youth needs to take into account these other nicotine-delivery systems, which include...