CDC MMWR - Current Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Current Tobacco Use Among
Middle and High School Students—United States, 2011
Tobacco use among American middle school and high school
students showed a slow decline from 2000 to 2011, but the steep rate of decline
from 1997 to 2003 has slowed noticeably with steady funding cuts to state
tobacco control programs since 2002.
Although tobacco use continued an 11-year downward trend,
from 2009 to 2011, no changes were observed among middle school students and
tobacco use remains high among high school students. For example, among
black high school students, cigar use increased significantly from 7.1 percent in 2009 to 11.7 percent in 2011.
Nearly 30 percent of high school males and 18 percent of high school
females used some form of tobacco in 2011, while more than 8 percent of middle
school males and nearly 6 percent of middle school females used some form of
tobacco. Cigarette use declined from 19.2 percent in 2009 to 15.8 percent
in 2011 among Hispanic high school students.
The report reaffirms the need to
return youth tobacco use trends to the more rapid rate of decline seen from the
late 1990s through 2003. To further reduce tobacco use among young
people, the 2012 Surgeon
General’s Report recommends making tobacco
products less affordable, running hard-hitting mass media campaigns, and
adequately funding evidence-based tobacco prevention and control programs that
will work in conjunction with new Food and Drug Administration regulations
restricting the sale, distribution, and marketing of cigarettes and other
tobacco products to youth.
The online version of the journal is
available on the CDC Web site at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.
Links: Copy of the August 10 MMWR; MMWR Highlights; CDC Press
Source: CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health