Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cigarette, Cigar, and Marijuana Use Among High School Students 1997–2013

Despite significant declines since 1997, approximately 30 percent of white, black, and Hispanic U.S. high school students were current users of cigarettes, cigars, or marijuana in 2013. Policy and programmatic efforts might benefit from approaches that focus on reducing the use of tobacco and marijuana among youths. From 1997 to 2013, a 64 percent decrease occurred in the percentage of U.S. white, black, and Hispanic high school students overall who used cigarettes or cigars exclusively. However, the percentage of white, black, and Hispanic students overall who were exclusive marijuana users more than doubled from 4 percent to 10 percent, and marijuana use among cigarette or cigar users also increased from 51 percent to 62 percent, with considerable increases identified among black and Hispanic students toward the end of the study period. Additionally, any cigarette, cigar, or marijuana use decreased overall from 46 percent to 30 percent. Thus, public health advances in adolescent health resulting from lower cigarette and cigar use might be attenuated by increases in marijuana use, which vary by racial/ethnic group.

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