Although cigarettes are the most common way people use tobacco, many people use tobacco products that are not cigarettes. Those products are often referred to as Other Tobacco Products (OTP). Other Tobacco Products is a growing category that makes tobacco easily accessible to consumers in spite of cigarette tax increases and an increasing number of smoke-free policies. Sometimes there are claims these products help with smoking cessation; however, OTP are not FDA-approved cessation aids. No scientific evidence shows that OTP help smokers successfully quit traditional cigarettes. Further, their use can cause serious health problems including cancer. In addition, dual use of cigarettes and OTP is continuing to rise, which may diminish any potential benefits of cutting back on traditional cigarettes.1

OTP Use Among Youth

A new generation is getting hooked on tobacco through OTP. Findings from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, a nationally representative survey of middle and high-school students focusing exclusively on tobacco use, indicate that in 2019 one in five high school students (2.95 million) and one in 18 middle school students (0.67 million) currently used a tobacco product.  E-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school (11.7%) and middle school (3.3%) students in 2017.2

Types of OTP

When you are ready to quit OTP, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit:

1. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (US) Office on Smoking and Health. Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General. Retrieved from:

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Tobacco Use among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011-2017. Retrieved from:     |    775-328-6160 

Last modified on 08/15/2023