However other experts believe any declining trend with respect to tobacco usage is heartening and cause for optimism.
The number of middle and high school students who used any tobacco product fell to 3.9 million in 2016 from 4.7 million in 2015. "It is also clear from these most recent numbers that youth are continuing to experiment with, or becoming regular users of, a wide range of other tobacco products", he added.
"We plan to build on these vital efforts to reduce tobacco-related disease and death", he said.
Roughly 56 percent of all adult smokers in the United Kingdom made the decision to quit in 2015, the largest number reported since 1974, and health officials give a lot of the credit to vaping.
But the news on the e-cigarette front remained a bright spot in the findings.
While e-cigarettes are believed to be less risky than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, their popularity has sparked an intense debate over benefits and harms.
Men were more than twice as likely as women to think secondhand e-cigarette fumes were harmless for kids. But health officials have warned that nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.
Statements from researchers linking e-cigarettes to smoking will often misrepresent what the actual data shows.
Public health experts want to ensure that these numbers keep shrinking. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products. There is a need to modernize tobacco control strategies to address the diversity of products, he said. During the last three decades, cigarette smoking among young people has declined substantially. "There is a lot of uncertainty and lack of knowledge in terms of what the health risks of these products are".
That includes electronic cigarettes, and teenagers appear to be getting the message. Specifically, 1.8 million middle and high school students reported using two or more tobacco products in the past 30 days. In 2016, of all teens who now used tobacco, 47 percent of high school students and 42 percent of middle school students said they used two or more products.
Gottlieb, who previously held a financial interest in the vape shop Kure, has said publicly that certain e-cigarettes may have the potential to wean smokers off combustible cigarettes. The number who used e-cigarettes fell to 2.2 million from 3 million, while the number who used traditional cigarettes fell to 1.4 million from 1.6 million. In addition to the current cigarette smoking, another six percent students also use other tobacco products.
For middle-schoolers, rates of e-cigarette use dropped as well. E-cigarette use among middle school students fell from 5.3 percent to 4.3 percent over that same period.
"Irrespective of any potential benefit that e-cigarettes might have for adult smokers who wish to use them to quit, youth should not be using any form of tobacco product", he said.
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These programs, however, are in danger of disappearing, Myers said.
"Seeing this change in the data trend on e-cigarettes is a big deal", she said.
The report was published June 16 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication.
The National Youth Tobacco Survey results, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show that we are well on our way to finishing smoking for good.