A new survey shows for the first time since 2000, overall youth tobacco use has increased in Minnesota, with 26% of high school students using some form of tobacco or nicotine, up from 24% percent in 2014. This increase is mostly driven by the rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The new data show one in five high school students use e-cigarettes, a nearly 50% increase since the data were last collected in 2014. The survey also revealed that over 60% of students who use tobacco report using menthol or other flavored tobacco products.
The Physician Advocacy Network's Medical Director Dr. Pete Dehnel spoke at a press conference revealing the new data. "Research has found that even in small doses, nicotine exposure in adolescence causes long-lasting changes in brain development, which can have negative implications for adolescents’ learning, memory, attention, and behavior," said Dr. Dehenl. "No amount of nicotine is safe for children and youth." Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health.