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Usual Sources of Cigarettes for Middle and High School Students—Texas, 1998–1999

October 11, 2002 / Vol. 51 / No. 40


MMWR Highlights

  • In 1998–1999, laws and regulations were in place in Texas to reduce underage access to tobacco products.
  • Usual sources of cigarettes for middle school students changed from 1998–1999.
  • From 1998 through 1999, access to cigarettes from stores decreased from 13.2% to 5.3% among middle school students.
  • From 1998 through 1999, access to cigarettes from vending machines decreased from 7.6% to 1.7% for middle school students.
  • Cigarette smoking prevalence among middle school students fell from 20% in 1998 to 14.8% in 1999.
  • Cigarette smoking prevalence among high school students remained virtually unchanged from 1998 to 1999 at 33% and 32.7% respectively.
  • Among middle school students, stealing cigarettes increased from 8.3 % in 1998 to 12.3% in 1999.
  • Among middle school students, 23.3% reported getting cigarettes from other sources in 1999, up from 16.6% in 1998.
  • Among high school students, most sources for cigarettes did not change.
  • The percentage of high school students obtaining cigarettes from a vending machine fell from 1.8% in 1998 to 1.0% in 1999.
  • The illegal sale rate of cigarettes to minors in Texas decreased from 24% in 1998 to 13% in 1999.
  • 10.5% of high school students reported “getting cigarettes from an older person” in 1999, up from 8% in 1998.
 
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