Cigarette, alcohol, and illicit drug use down among US teens but e-cigarette use common, survey finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7735
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Use of alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs has fallen among US teenagers in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades (aged 13 to 18) since 2013, a new survey has found. However, electronic cigarette use was common in 2014, with more than twice as many 12th graders (aged 17-18) reporting e-cigarette use than reporting use of cigarettes.

The survey was funded by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan.1

“The Monitoring the Future survey is giving us some very good news,” Nora D Volkow, director of the institute, said at a press conference. “What it is showing is the prevalence of illicit drug …

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