Youth smoking dropped to an all-time low of 2.3% in 2021 – down from nearly 23% in 2000 – according to recent data from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, representing a colossal win for public health initiatives tackling smoking in young people, including those led by Truth Initiative®.
The new number, released today in the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study
, marks the lowest rate for students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades since tracking began more than 40 years ago. Cigarette smoking has now dropped 79 percent from its peak in 1997 when more than a quarter of young people smoked, underscoring the success of public education campaigns like Truth Initiative®’s truth® campaign
, and programs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.