4 Unfortunate Findings on Teens' Tobacco Use

MAY 09, 2016
Meghan Ross, Senior Associate Editor
More and more middle and high school students are taking up e-cigarettes.

The CDC and the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products recently published dramatic findings on tobacco use among adolescents in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The 2 organizations examined data from the 2011 to 2015 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to uncover trends for 7 different tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, CVS has done. A smoking cessation products and follow up with them about their progress to keep them motivated.

Tushar Singh, MD, PhD, MS, of the Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, told Plantsvszombies.info that pharmacists can play a crucial role in preventing tobacco use, which is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.

“[Pharmacists] see many of their patients regularly, and many of these patients may be tobacco users who want to quit,” Dr. Singh said. “Pharmacists can ask all patients whether they use tobacco products, encourage those who do to quit, and provide help with quitting by discussing FDA-approved smoking cessation tools.”

He also recommended that pharmacists speak with young adults and youth about the dangers of nicotine, e-cigarettes, and all other tobacco use.

Here are 4 unfortunate research findings that pharmacists should know about high school and middle school students’ use of e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco: