Efforts to ensure that strategies proven to reduce youth tobacco use reach all population groups could reduce tobacco-related disparities among U.S. youths.
CDC analyzed data from the 2014–2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys to assess the use of seven tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookahs, pipes, and bidis) among U.S. middle and high school students from seven racial/ethnic groups—whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, and multiracial. Current use of any tobacco product was highest among Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders and American Indian/Alaska Natives. Ever-use was highest for cigars among black students, highest for cigarettes among American Indian/Alaska Native students, and highest for e-cigarettes among all other racial/ethnic groups. Among black middle and high school students, cigars were the most common product currently used; e-cigarettes were the most commonly used product for all other racial/ethnic groups.
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