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Teen Drug Use Facts: Tobacco Addiction Statistics

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Tobacco Addiction Statistics
Teens Smoking Cigarettes Statistics

Percent of teens who smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days.

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Teen smoking levels are currently at their lowest rate. But there are still too many teens smoking and using smokeless tobacco. According to the statistics of teen tobacco addiction drug use from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), all of the marketing of the hazards of smoking has not done its job or has not been able to compete against what big tobacco companies are doing. The 2010 statistics for young adults are telling as Americans age 18 to 25 had the highest rate of current tobacco use at 40.8 percent. But, youths ages 12 to 17-years-old came in at 10.7 percent - which shows their numbers going down and hopefully will translate into lower numbers for young adult in the coming years.

The rates of tobacco use among youths aged 12 to 17 are as follows:

  • all types of tobacco use declined from 11.6 percent in 2009 to 10.7 percent in 2010,
  • past month cigarette use among 12 to 17 year olds declined from 13.0 percent in 2002 to 8.3 percent in 2010,
  • and smokeless tobacco use among 12 to 17 year olds increased from 2.0 percent in 2002 to 2.3 percent in 2010.

The Scope of Teen Tobacco Use Today

Did you know that teen smoking is at historical lows? They are still smoking way too much, but the statistics are promising if you aren't the tobacco company. The Monitoring the Future Survey numbers for smoking in the past 30 days are as follows:

  • 18.7 percent for 12th graders,
  • 11.8 percent for 10th graders,
  • and 6.1 percent for 8th graders.

Smokeless tobacco, which users hold in the side of their mouth and chew, has seen a rise in usage since 2009 and has risen up to the highs seen in the late 1990s. According to the 2011 numbers among teens the current use of smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days is as follows:

  • 3.5 percent among 8th graders,
  • 6.6 percent among 10th graders,
  • and 8.3 percent among 12th graders.

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