Tobacco Use - Prevention Summary Table

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Legend:
green line green - headed in the right direction
red line red - headed in the wrong direction
black line black - stable or non-significant change (NSC)
purple purple - indeterminate
blue blue - Healthy People 2030 target
Measure Name Tobacco Use Initiation Youth Tobacco Use
Year Range 2008-2019 2011-2020
Measure

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated cigarette smoking during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated cigar smoking during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated smokeless tobacco use during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated use of any of these tobacco products during the past 12 months.

The percentage of middle and high school students (grades 6–12) who reported use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, or e-cigarettes on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.

Recent Summary Trend Falling Non-Significant Change
Recent Summary Trend Year Range 2015-2019 2016-2020
Desired Direction Falling Falling
Summary Graph Summary graph for Tobacco Use Initiation, Click to see detailed view of graph Summary graph for Youth Tobacco Use, Click to see detailed view of graph
Trends and Most Recent Estimates In 2019, 2.6% of children and adolescents aged 12 to 25 initiated cigarette smoking in the past year. Among adolescents in grades 6-12 in 2020, 15.9% were current tobacco users, 13.1% were current e-cigarette users.
Healthy People 2030 Target Eliminate cigarette smoking initiation in adolescents and young adults. Reduce current tobacco use in adoescents to 11.3%.
More Information Tobacco Use Initiation Youth Tobacco Use
Last Updated July 2021 July 2021
Measure Name: Youth Tobacco Use
Measure Name Youth Tobacco Use
Year Range 2011-2020
Measure

The percentage of middle and high school students (grades 6–12) who reported use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, or e-cigarettes on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey.

Recent Summary Trend Non-Significant Change
Recent Summary Trend Year Range 2016-2020
Desired Direction Falling
Summary Graph Summary graph for Youth Tobacco Use, Click to see detailed view of graph
Trends and Most Recent Estimates Among adolescents in grades 6-12 in 2020, 15.9% were current tobacco users, 13.1% were current e-cigarette users.
Healthy People 2020 Target Reduce current tobacco use in adoescents to 11.3%.
More Information Youth Tobacco Use
Measure Name: Tobacco Use Initiation
Measure Name Tobacco Use Initiation
Year Range 2008-2019
Measure

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated cigarette smoking during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated cigar smoking during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated smokeless tobacco use during the past 12 months.

The percentage of individuals among those aged 12 to 25 years who said they had initiated use of any of these tobacco products during the past 12 months.

Recent Summary Trend Falling
Recent Summary Trend Year Range 2015-2019
Desired Direction Falling
Summary Graph Summary graph for Tobacco Use Initiation, Click to see detailed view of graph
Trends and Most Recent Estimates In 2019, 2.6% of children and adolescents aged 12 to 25 initiated cigarette smoking in the past year.
Healthy People 2020 Target Eliminate cigarette smoking initiation in adolescents and young adults.
More Information Tobacco Use Initiation