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Youth E-Cigarette Prevalence by County, Grades 9-12, New Mexico, 2019

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Why Is This Important?

The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, has recently emerged as a new public health concern. Although scientists are still learning about the long-term effects of e-cigarettes, we do know most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent and young adult brain development. The aerosol in e-cigarettes contains nicotine, cancer-causing chemicals, and tiny particles that can reach deep into the lungs. According to the National Academies of Science (2018), there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases risk of ever using combustible tobacco cigarettes among youth and young adults. As of 2019, e-cigarette use (34%) among high school youth in NM has significantly outpaced the use of combustible cigarettes (8.9%). Although there have been significant declines in combustible cigarette use among youth, the emergence of e-cigarettes and the risks for nicotine addiction requires attention both through public health prevention and policy efforts.

Youth E-Cigarette Prevalence by County, Grades 9-12, New Mexico, 2019

Definition

A current e-cigarette user is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public high school who used e-cigarettes or other electronic vapor products on one or more days in the past month.

Data Notes

**Data are not available for some counties (DeBaca & Harding) due to lack of participation in the YRRS or insufficient sample size. County-level YRRS estimates come from the larger NM sample dataset, while state-level YRRS estimates come from the smaller CDC sample.

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Any youth who reported in the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS) that they used an e-cigarette or other electronic vapor products on one or more days in the past month.
  • Denominator:

    All youth who participated in the YRRS.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Tobacco Use - Youth E-Cigarette Prevalence

Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/30/2021, Published on 05/04/2021
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, Population and Community Health Bureau, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 5301 Central Ave NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108. James Padilla, Tobacco Program Epidemiologist, (505) 841-5839, james.padilla@state.nm.us.