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.