Youth Smoking Rates

Findings from the Year 2000 National Youth Tobacco Survey indicate that current tobacco use ranges from 15.1% among middle school students (17.6%, male; 12.7%, female) to 34.5% among high school students (39.1% male; 29.8%, female; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001). Cigarette smoking is the most prevalent form of tobacco use, followed by cigar smoking and smokeless tobacco use.

Approximately one-half of current cigarette smokers in middle school and high school reported that they smoked Marlboro cigarettes. Black students were most likely to smoke Newport (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001). White (14.3%), black (17.5%), and Hispanic (16.0%) middle school students were significantly more likely than Asian (7.5%) middle school students to use any tobacco products. Among current users, cigarettes were the most prevalent form of tobacco used (11.0% of students). White (10.8%), black (11.2%), and Hispanic (11.4%) middle school students were significantly more likely than Asian (5.3%) middle school students to smoke cigarettes. There was little difference in rates of cigarette smoking for male (11.7%) and female (10.2%) students (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001).

Nationally, 34.5% of high school students were current users of any tobacco product. White students (38.0%) were significantly more likely than black (26.5%), Hispanic (28.4%), or Asian (22.9%) students to use tobacco products (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001). Cigarettes were the most prevalent form of tobacco (28.0%), with white students (31.8%) significantly more likely than blacks (16.8%), Hispanics (22.6%), or Asians (20.6%) to smoke cigarettes. Male (28.8%) and female (27.3%) high school students smoked about the same number of cigarettes per day (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2001).

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