Why is the program needed?
Teens face the pressures of substance abuse on a daily basis. The pressures in schools across the country are growing for many students and it's important to remember why red flag problems in our communities need to be addressed.
According to the Truth Initiative:
The last five years have seen enormous spikes in youth e-cigarette use rates.
- In 2017, 11% of high school students had used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. By 2018, that number had risen to 21% and, by 2019, 27.5% of high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month.
- Compared with the very small amount of youth use in 2011 (1.5%), this represents an increase of more than 1,800% in just eight years
- The current use rate among middle schoolers rose from 0.6% in 2011 to 10.5% in 2019.
- The 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey data show that 34.2% of current high school e-cigarette users and 18.0% of current middle school e-cigarette users use e-cigarettes on 20 days or more per month.
- Similarly, Monitoring the Future found that in 2019, 11.7% of high school seniors vape every day, suggesting that more users are becoming dependent on these products.
- Youth e-cigarette users cite flavors as a top reason they began using e-cigarettes, second only to use by a family member or friend.
- A study that included middle and high school students reported that 43% of young people who ever used e-cigarettes tried them because of appealing flavors.
- The FDA has reported that, among current youth users of e-cigarettes, 97% used a flavored e-cigarette in the past month.
- As much as 98.7% of flavored e-cigarette products sold in convenience, dollar, drug and grocery stores contain nicotine.