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Recent trends in adolescent smoking, smoking-uptake correlates, and expectations about the future
  • Published Date:
    December 2, 1992
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.)
  • Series:
    DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 93-1250
    Advance data from vital and health statistics of the National Center for Health Statistics ; no. 221
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    In 1989, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) conducted the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) on Teenage Attitudes and Practices (TAPS), a national survey of adolescents interviewed about their use of tobacco. Among the findings are the following highlights: About 1.7 million youths had smoked a whole cigarette before their 12th birthday, An estimated 3.7 million U.S. teenagers (16 percent) were current cigarette smokers, An additional 6.8 million teenagers (29 percent) had experimented with cigarettes; Among 16–18-year-olds, about 60 percent were either currently smoking (25 percent) or had I experimented with cigarettes (34 percent), About the same proportions of boys and girls reported that they currently smoked; Proportionately more black teenagers (63 percent) than white teenagers (52 percent) said that they had never smoked; Teenagers were three times more likely to smoke (37 percent) if their parents and at least one older sibling smoked than if no one in the household smoked (12 percent); Teenagers with no best friends of the same sex who smoked seldom smoked (about 3 percent). However, almost half of those with at least two best friends who smoked were smokers themselves; About 40 percent of teenagers who smoked reported using cigarettes daily; Proportionately, twice as many white teenage smokers smoked every day (42 percent) as did black adolescent smokers (22 percent). About one in five 16–18-year-olds who smoked averaged at least 20 cigarettes per day; About three teenagers in four who were current smokers (2.7 million adolescents) had made at least one serious attempt to quit smoking cigarettes. Ninety-two percent of all adolescents did not expect to be smoking 1 year later.

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