The landscape of youth tobacco use has changed in recent years. The use of cigarettes among United States (U.S.) youth has declined. Yet, the use of alternative tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and hookahs, has increased among middle school students.
South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey (SD YTS) results continue to reflect the changing landscape of tobacco use among youth nationwide. Rates of ever use of alternative forms of tobacco and nicotine, such as electronic cigarettes, increased significantly over 2017 rates.
The 2017 South Dakota Youth Tobacco Survey (SD YTS) results reflect the changing landscape of tobacco use among youth nationwide. Rates of ever-using cigarettes and cigars among South Dakota (SD) middle school students are trending downward with a significant change in the use of these tobacco products.
Rates of cigarette and smokeless tobacco use among South Dakota middle school students are trending downward, although not a statistically significant change since 2013. The use of cigars had an upward trend in 2015. Rates of use of alternative forms of tobacco and nicotine, especially electronic cigarettes, increased over 2013.
The 2013 Youth Tobacco Survey presents some encouraging findings. Rates of cigarette use among middle school students continue to decline.
Cigarettes are South Dakota middle school students' most widely used tobacco product. The percentage of middle school students who are current smokers is the lowest (5%) in the 8-year period (2003-2011).