After Several Years of Decline, Smoking Rates Among High School Students May Have Stalled

Source: CESAR Fax, 15:45, 11/13/2006

While the prevalence of current cigarette use declined significantly from 36.4% in 1997 to 21.9% in 2003, there was no statistically significant difference in use from 2003 to 2005, which is consistent with trends observed in other national school-based surveys. According to the authors, factors that may have contributed to this lack of a continued decline include smaller annual increases in the prices of cigarettes, less youth exposure to and/or funding for smoking-prevention campaigns and proand substantial increases in spending by the tobacco industry onadvertising and promotion.

Read the complete Cesar Fax overview.

See Also:
Cigarette Use Among High School Students—United States, 1991-2005, Morbidity and Mortality Monthly Report 55(26)724-
726, 2006. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5526a2.htm.

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