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Cigarette, Cigar, and Marijuana Use Among High School Students — United States, 1997–2013

Monday, October 19, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Italia V. Rolle, PhD; Sara M. Kennedy, MPH; Israel Agaku, DMD; Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, JD; Rebecca Bunnell, ScD; Ralph Caraballo, PhD; Xin Xu, PhD; Gillian Schauer, MPH; Tim McAfee, MD
Cigarette, Cigar, and Marijuana Use Among High School Students — United States, 1997–2013
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. October 15, 2015
 
CDC analyzed data from the 1997–2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) among U.S. non-Hispanic white (white), non-Hispanic black (black), and Hispanic students in grades 9–12 to examine trends in the prevalence of current 1) exclusive cigarette or cigar use, 2) exclusive marijuana use, and 3) any use of the three products. CDC further examined the prevalence of current marijuana use among current users of cigarettes or cigars. During 1997–2013, significant linear decreases occurred in exclusive cigarette or cigar use; however, significant linear increases occurred in exclusive marijuana use. Any cigarette, cigar, or marijuana use significantly decreased overall and among all sex and racial/ethnic subgroups during the study period, whereas marijuana use among cigarette or cigar users increased significantly among all sex and racial/ethnic subgroups. Significant nonlinear trends in exclusive marijuana use and marijuana use among cigarette or cigar users also were identified among black and Hispanic students. Increased exclusive marijuana use and use of marijuana among cigarette or cigar users could undermine success in reducing tobacco use among youths. Closer collaboration between public health professionals to address prevention of tobacco and marijuana use might be beneficial in the development of evidence-based policies and programs to prevent tobacco and marijuana use.

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