Youth smoking no longer dropping, state survey says

Overall tobacco usage isn’t decreasing because e-cigarette usage has increased four-fold between 2012 to 2014 alone, the report said, and nearly doubled from 2016 to 2018. In 2012, 3.8 percent of high schoolers and 1.2 percent of middle schoolers vaped, but in 2018, the number was reported at 18.5 percent of high-schoolers and 5.5 percent of middle-schoolers.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

GOSHEN — Despite state and local efforts, the number of adolescents who use tobacco products remains steady, according to results of the 2018 Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey.

Presented to the Elkhart County Health Board on Thursday, the survey indicated that nearly 22.9 percent of Indiana high-schoolers still use some tobacco products, not including the vaping product JUUL. Included in the number are the 18.5 percent who use general e-cigarettes, nearly 5 percent of high-schoolers who smoke cigarettes and 6.7 percent who smoke cigars or cigarillos. Some students reported using more than one product.

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