How many teens use tobacco, nicotine, and vaping (e-cigarette) products?

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Figure 1: Past-Year Nicotine Vaping Held Steady In 2020, the percentage of teens who reported vaping in the past year was unchanged from 2019. However, between 2017 and 2019 the number of students who reported vaping nicotine in the past year doubled: Figure 2: Daily or Near-Daily Nicotine Vaping Declines Among Older Grades In 2020, the percentage of 10th and 12th grade students who reported vaping nicotine every day or nearly every day decreased from 2019: Figure 3: Past-Year JUUL Use Dropped Significantly

The chart below shows the percentage of teens who say they use tobacco, nicotine, and vaping (e-cigarette) products.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2020 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 11.5 13.9 24.0
Past Month 2.2 3.2 7.5
Daily 0.8 1.2 3.1
1/2-pack+/day [0.1] 0.6 1.4
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 7.8 9.3 -
Past Month 2.3 3.5 -
Daily 0.5 0.7 -
Any Vaping Lifetime 24.1 41.0 47.2
Past Year 19.2 34.6 39.0
Past Month 12.5 23.5 28.2
Vaping (Nicotine) Lifetime 22.7 38.7 44.3
Past Year 16.6 30.7 34.5
Past Month 10.5 19.3 24.7
Daily 2.0 5.6 8.6
Vaping (Just Flavoring) Lifetime 17.8 27.7 29.8
Past Year 12.3 18.4 16.6
Past Month 6.8 10.4 8.4
Daily [0.6] 1.6 1.9
JUUL Lifetime 16.9 30.7 36.2
Past Year 11.7 [20.0] [22.7]
Past Month 6.3 [12.3] [12.9]

Explore teen substance use trends over time, by grade and substance with an interactive chart featuring Monitoring the Future data from 2016 to present

For more statistics on teen drug abuse, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.