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

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

MMWR Introduction

Analyses of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) found that 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 decline to 21.9% in 2003. The national health objective for 2010, calling for reducing current cigarette use among high school students to 16% or less, can only be achieved if the declines observed during 1997–2003 resume.