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TSRC, Tob. Sci. Res. Conf., 2023, 76, abstr. 63

Evolution of youth tobacco use: analyzing trends in e-cigarette consumption and the rise of CBD/THC containing devices

McKinney Regulatory Science Advisors, Henrico, VA, USA

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is a Federal Agency whose mission is to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the US. For approximately the last 25 years, the CDC has been conducting the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs. These data are also used by the US Department of Health and Human Services to compare progress toward the Healthy People 2030 goals.

Since 1999, the NYTS questions have evolved to address an ever-changing tobacco use landscape. Initially, there were no questions regarding electronic cigarette use, but as that format increased in popularity, questions regarding electronic cigarettes were added to the NYTS. Partly based on NYTS data, in 2018 the US Department of Health and Human Services Surgeon General declared youth vaping an “epidemic”, following which State and Federal agencies acted quickly to start to mitigate the epidemic. Over the last few years, the survey questions are continuing to evolve and now the CDC is including questions on the NYTS to collect data on the use electronic cigarettes containing CBD and THC. In this presentation we use NYTS data to show trends in tobacco related e-cigarette youth use leading up the 2018 epidemic and compare those data to current trends in CBD and THC related e-cigarette youth use.