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The wait is over! The 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey data have arrived!!

The results from the 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS) for Hawaii high school and middle school students have been added to Hawaii-IBIS! Find out what Hawaii’s keiki think about tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and how their own tobacco use has changed over time. Here are a few highlights….

• In Hawaii, individuals must be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products. However, less than 1 in 5 middle school students who tried to purchase cigarettes in the past month were refused the sale.

• More than 70% of high school students and 80% of middle school students agree with the statement that all e-cigarettes are dangerous.

• Over the past decade, the percent of high school students who report seeing actors in movies and TV smoking has declined by over 30%.

• Among all middle school students, 30% report having at least one friend who uses e-cigarettes. Among middle school students who use e-cigarettes, more than 90% report having at least one friend who also uses them.

Use Hawaii-IBIS to explore more of the results. Also, check Hawaii Health Matters and the Tobacco Use Prevention & Control Dashboard, which tracks the progress of the state toward the goals of the five-year strategic plan laid out by the Tobacco Prevention & Education Program in the Hawaii State Department of Health.