|Hans Rudi Erdt: Problem Cigarettes, 1912 . Advertising poster. Color Lithograph, 26,6 x 36,9 in. / 67,6 x 93,7 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Just this week the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that indicates that while there has been a slow decline in tobacco use among middle and high school students over the past decade, this decline is not as great as the decline witnessed from 1997 to 2003. Here is what the report showed as of 2011, as reported in the Los Angeles Times:
- 7.1% of middle school students and 23.2% of high school students used tobacco, with the rates at 4.3% and 15.8% for cigarettes.
- More than 8% of middle school boys and nearly 6% of middle school girls used some form of tobacco.
- Among black high school students, cigar use went from 7.1% in 2009 to 11.7% in 2011. (That includes cigarette-like cigars that can be packaged and smoked like cigarettes, but are taxed at a lower rate.)
- Smokeless tobacco use among high school males (12.9%) was eight times higher than among high school females (1.6%).
- Cigarette use declined from 19.2% in 2009 to 15.8% among Hispanic high school students.