Youth Tobacco Survey Data Release Key Messages

Posted by Tina Elliott | Friday, August 30, 2019

Youth Tobacco Survey Data Release Key Messages

• Key message: Current cigarette smoking rates among youth are historically low in Indiana. However, current e-cigarette use among youth has significantly increased since 2012.

o About 1 in 5 Indiana high school students (over 20%) reported currently using any tobacco product, and just less than 8% middle school students reported currently using any tobacco product.

o Current e-cigarette use has dramatically increased since 2012.

 Among high school students, the e-cigarette use rate increased 387% from 3.8% in 2012 to 18.5% in 2018.

 E-cigarette use rates among middle school students increased from 1.2% in 2012 to 5.5% in 2018, a 358% increase.

 There are approximately 35,000 more youth in Indiana who currently used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2016.

• Key message: E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among Indiana youth.

o In Indiana, the most commonly used products were e-cigarettes and JUUL, followed by cigarettes, cigars (including cigarillos and little cigars), and smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip).

o Of students who currently use e-cigarettes, about 22% also use regular cigarettes

• Key message: Several factors that may contribute to high use of JUUL and e-cigarettes include availability of flavors and marketing/advertising exposure.

o The availability of flavors, such as mint, candy, fruit or chocolate, was the reason most commonly given for why Hoosier middle school and high school students chose to use e-cigarettes.

o 64.6% of high school students, and 62.8% of middle school students, who use e-cigarettes are using a flavored products

• Key message: E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless

o Most e-cigarettes contain addictive nicotine – which is in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.

o Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain – which continues to develop until about age 25.

o Using nicotine in adolescence can also increase risk for future addiction to other substances

• Key message: Local tobacco control coalitions in Indiana are helping address this public health concern

o Parents and educators can learn more about e-cigarettes and the dangers on youth by visiting