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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005

June 9, 2006 / Vol. 55 / No. SS05


MMWR Highlights

Lifetime Cigarette Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of lifetime cigarette use was higher among
    • 10th grade (52.5%), 11th grade (57.5%), and 12th grade (60.3%) than 9th grade (48.7%) students
    • 11th grade (57.5%) and 12th grade (60.3%) than 10th grade (52.5%) students
    • 11th grade female (55.3%) and 12th grade female (58.3%) than 9th grade female (47.7%) students
    • 12th grade female (58.3%) than 10th grade female (50.8%) students
    • 11th grade male (59.6%) and 12th grade male (62.2%) than 9th grade male (49.8%) and 10th grade male (54.1%) students

Lifetime Daily Cigarette Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of lifetime daily cigarette use was higher among
    • 11th grade (15.3%) and 12th grade (17.8%) than 9th grade (10.0%) and 10th grade (11.5%) students
    • 11th grade female (16.0%) and 12th grade female (17.4%) than 9th grade female (10.2%) and 10th grade female (11.5%) students
    • 11th grade male (14.5%) and 12th grade male (18.1%) than 9th grade male (9.9%) students
    • 12th grade male (18.1%) than 10th grade male (11.6%) students.

Current Cigarette Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of current cigarette use was higher among
    • White (25.9%) and Hispanic (22.0%) than black (12.9%) students
    • White female (27.0%) than black female (11.9%) and Hispanic female (19.2%) students
    • Hispanic female (19.2%) than black female (11.9%) students
    • White male (24.9%) and Hispanic male (24.8%) than black male (14.0%) students
  • Overall, the prevalence of current cigarette use was higher among
    • 11th grade (24.3%) and 12th grade (27.6%) than 9th grade (19.7%) students
    • 12th grade (27.6%) than 10th grade (21.4%) and 11th grade (24.3%) students
    • 11th grade female (24.3%) and 12th grade female (26.0%) than 9th grade female (20.5%) students
    • 11th grade male (24.2%) and 12th grade male (29.1%) than 9th grade male (18.9%) students
    • 12th grade male (29.1%) than 10th grade male (21.1%) and 11th grade male (24.2%) students

Current Frequent Cigarette Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of current frequent cigarette use was higher among
    • White (11.2%) than black (3.7%) and Hispanic (6.5%) students
    • Hispanic (6.5%) than black (3.7%) students
    • White female (11.7%) than black female (2.4%) and Hispanic female (4.7%) students
    • White male (10.6%) than black male (5.1%) students
  • Overall, the prevalence of current frequent cigarette use was higher among
    • 11th grade (10.3%) and 12th grade (13.2%) than 9th grade (6.9%) and 10th grade (7.7%) students
    • 12th grade (13.2%) than 11th grade (10.3%) students
    • 11th grade female (10.0%) and 12th grade female (12.5%) than 9th grade female (7.0%) students
    • 12th grade female (12.5%) than 10th grade female (8.4%) students
    • 11th grade male (10.5%) and 12th grade male (13.9%) than 9th grade male (6.7%) and 10th grade male (7.0%) students
    • 12th grade male (13.9%) than 11th grade male (10.5%) students

Smoked >10 Cigarettes/Day

  • Overall, the prevalence of having smoked >10 cigarettes/day was higher among
    • Male (14.2%) than female (7.2%) students
    • White male (16.2%) than white female (7.5%) students
    • 9th grade male (12.8%), 11th grade male (17.9%), and 12th grade male (16.9%) than 9th grade female (4.6%), 11th grade female (8.6%), and 12th grade female (9.2%) students, respectively
  • Overall, the prevalence of having smoked >10 cigarettes/day was higher among
    • White (11.7%) than black (3.5%) students
    • White female (7.5%) than black female (2.5%) students
    • White male (16.2%) than black male (4.4%) students
  • Overall, the prevalence of having smoked >10 cigarettes/day was higher among
    • 12th grade (13.2%) than 9th grade (8.6%) students
    • 11th grade (13.1%) and 12th grade (13.2%) than 10th grade (6.6%) students
    • 11th grade female (8.6%) than 9th grade female (4.6%) students
    • 9th grade male (12.8%), 11th grade male (17.9%), and 12th grade male (16.9%) than 10th grade male (6.7%) students

Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

  • Overall, the prevalence of having tried to quit smoking cigarettes was higher among
    • Female (60.3%) than male (48.9%) students
    • White female (61.4%) than white male (47.4%) students
    • 9th grade female (58.2%), 11th grade female (57.7%), and 12th grade female (61.7%) than 9th grade male (47.5%), 11th grade male (47.5%), and 12th grade male (48.2%) students, respectively
  • Overall, the prevalence of having tried to quit smoking cigarettes was higher among
    • Black (61.8%) than white (54.6%) and Hispanic (53.4%)
    • Black male (57.7%) than white male (47.4%) students

Bought Cigarettes in a Store or Gas Station

  • Overall, the prevalence of having bought their own cigarettes in a store or gas station was higher among
    • Male (18.8%) than female (11.7%) students
    • White male (17.4%) than white female (11.1%) students
    • 9th grade male (11.6%) and 11th grade male (25.8%) than 9th grade female (5.0%) and 11th grade female (14.8%) students, respectively
  • Overall, the prevalence of having bought their own cigarettes in a store or gas station was higher among
    • 11th grade (20.3%) and 12th grade (30.8%) than 9th grade (8.2%) and 10th grade (10.6%) students
    • 12th grade (30.8%) than 11th grade (20.3%) students
    • 11th grade female (14.8%) and 12th grade female (27.7%) than 9th grade female (5.0%) and 10th grade female (7.8%) students
    • 12th grade female (27.7%) than 11th grade female (14.8%) students
    • 11th grade male (25.8%) and 12th grade male (34.0%) than 9th grade male (11.6%) and 10th grade male (13.4%) students

Not Asked to Show Proof of Age When Buying Cigarettes in a Store

  • Among the 12.9% of students nationwide who tried to buy cigarettes in a store during the 30 days preceding the survey, 48.5% of students were not asked to show proof of age

Current Smokeless Tobacco Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of current smokeless tobacco use was higher among
    • White (10.2%) than black (1.7%) and Hispanic (5.1%) students
    • Hispanic (5.1%) than black (1.7%) students; higher among white female (2.7%) and Hispanic female (1.5%) than black female (0.4%) students
    • White male (17.6%) than black male (3.0%) and Hispanic male (8.6%) students
    • Hispanic male (8.6%) than black male (3.0%) students.
  • The prevalence of current smokeless tobacco use was higher among 9th grade female (3.4%) than 10th grade female (1.9%) and 12th grade female (1.3%) students

Current Cigar Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of current cigar use was higher among
    • White (14.9%) and Hispanic (14.6%) than black (10.3%) students
    • White male (21.0%) and Hispanic male (20.0%) than black male (12.3%) students
  • Overall, the prevalence of current cigar use was higher among
    • 11th grade (14.3%) and 12th grade (17.5%) than 9th grade (12.2%) students
    • 12th grade (17.5%) than 10th grade (12.6%) and 11th grade (14.3%) students
    • 11th grade male (21.3%) and 12th grade male (25.8%) than 9th grade male (15.5%) and 10th grade male (15.7%) students
    • 12th grade male (25.8%) than 11th grade male (21.3%) students

Current Tobacco Use

  • Overall, the prevalence of current tobacco use was higher among
    • White (32.5%) than black (16.5%) and Hispanic (24.9%) students
    • Hispanic (24.9%) than black (16.5%) students
    • White female (29.3%) than black female (14.9%) and Hispanic female (19.2%) students
    • Hispanic female (19.2%) than black female (14.9%) students
    • White male (35.7%) and Hispanic male (30.6%) than black male (18.1%) students
  • Overall, the prevalence of current tobacco use is higher among
    • 11th grade (29.9%) and 12th grade (34.2%) than 9th grade (24.4%) students
    • 12th grade (34.2%) than 10th grade (26.4%) and 11th grade (29.9%) students
    • 12th grade female (29.3%) than 9th grade female (22.0%) students
    • 11th grade male (34.6%) and 12th grade male (39.1%) than 9th grade male (26.8%) and 10th grade male (28.2%) students
    • 12th grade male (39.1%) than 11th grade male (34.6%) students
 
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