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Charting the Trends of 2018: MTF Reports Some Flatlining, Some Decreases, But Then There's Vaping…

In 2018, about 44,500 students in 392 secondary schools in the United States participated in the Monitoring the Future prevalence of use study, with sample sizes of about 14,800 in 8th grade, 15,100 in 10th grade, and 14,500 in 12th grade. Here's what trending for past-month use among 8th graders: [1]

 

  • 8.2% used alcohol, compared to 8.0% in 2017 and 7.3% in 2016
  • 2.1% have been drunk, compared to 2.2% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2016
  • 2.2% smoked traditional cigarettes, compared to 1.9% in 2017 and 2.6% in 2016
  • 5.6% used marijuana, compared to 5.5% in 2017 and 5.4% in 2016
  • 10.4% used a vaporizer (for example, an e-cigarette) compared to 6.6% in 2017 and 6.2% in 2016
    • 6.1% used a vaporizer to consume nicotine; compared to 3.5% in 2017
    • 2.6% used a vaporizer to consume marijuana; compared to 1.6% in 2017
    • 8.1% used a vaporizer to consume flavoring only; compared to 5.3% in 2017
  • 1.8% used inhalants, compared to 2.1% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2016

 

The 2018 survey continues to track national estimates of nicotine vaping, marijuana vaping, flavoring-only vaping, and any vaping. All these vaping sub-categories experienced significant increases for 8th, 10th, and 12th grade, with use by high school seniors trending higher than that of their younger peers.

 

Read the full press release from Monitoring the Future here. See all current MTF reports here.


1 Johnston, L. D., Miech, R. A., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., Schulenberg, J. E., & Patrick, M. E. (2019). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use 1975-2018: Overview, key findings on adolescent drug use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

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