"Nearly 2 in 5 students in the 12th grade report past-year vaping, raising concerns about the impact on brain health and potential for addiction." (Learn more here about the harmful effects of nicotine on an adolescent brain). Nearly 38% of 12th graders reported vaping in the past year, nearly 33% of 10th graders, and almost 18% of 8th graders!
In December 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General officially declared e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States. Talk to your teens about e-cigarettes! If you're having trouble finding a way to reach your teen, this tip sheet is a great resource.
What good news did this survey bring? The use of alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs, and cigarettes decreased dramatically in the past year! Over 15% of 12th graders smoked cigarettes in 2013 compared to only 7.6% in 2018. Past year use of illicit drugs (other than marijuana) is at the lowest levels in over 20 years. Binge drinking dropped significantly in the past five years as well. Prevention and education works!
To learn more about what you can do to get involved in the prevention efforts in your community, visit the HCFRN Website and find contact information for the Prevention Coordinator in your county.
Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders conducted by researchers at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.