Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Cigarette Use Among High School Students——United States, 1991–2007

June 27, 2008 / Vol. 57 / No. 25


MMWR Highlights

  • The prevalence of current cigarette use among high school students remained unchanged from 2003 to 2007 following an increase from 27.5% in 1991 to 36.4% in 1997, and subsequently a significant decline to 21.9% in 2003. Current cigarette use is defined as having smoked on one or more days of the 30 days preceding the survey.
  • The prevalence of current cigarette use among black female students increased from 11.3% in 1991 to 17.7% in 1999, and then declined significantly to 8.4% in 2007.
  • The prevalence of lifetime cigarette use was stable during 1991–1999 and then declined significantly from 70.4% in 1999 to 50.3% in 2007. Lifetime cigarette use is defined as having ever tried cigarette smoking, even one or two puffs.
  • While the prevalence of current frequent cigarette use remained stable from 2003 to 2007, it increased from 12.7% in 1991 to 16.8% in 1999 and then declined significantly to 8.1% in 2007. Current frequent cigarette use is defined as smoking on at least 20 of the 30 days preceding the survey.
  • The national health objective for 2010 of reducing current cigarette use among high school students to 16% or less can be achieved only if the annual rate of decline observed during 1997–2003 resumes.
  • Further declines in youth cigarette use similar to that observed from 1997–2003 will require full implementation of comprehensive tobacco control efforts including use of counter-advertising mass media campaigns; comprehensive school-based tobacco-use prevention policies and programs; community interventions that reduce tobacco advertising, promotions, and commercial availability of tobacco products; and higher prices for tobacco products through increases in unit prices and excise taxes.
 
CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives, Protecting People, Saving Money. Learn More About How CDC Works For You…
Contact Us:
  • CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
    4770 Buford Highway
    MS F-79
    Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    (800-232-4636)
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
    Contact CDC-INFO
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC-INFO