“The fact that kids aren’t smoking cigarettes is deceptive,” said Cheryl Bettigole, director of chronic disease prevention for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “Total tobacco use is up.”
City data shows youth cigar use (including cigarillos) doubled from 2011 to 2015.
Among black teens specifically, it nearly tripled. On the other hand, white teens were nearly twice as likely to have used a vaping product.
By Aneri Pattani