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Health Indicator Report of Tobacco Use - Youth Frequent Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Cigarette smoking increases risk of several cancers and other chronic conditions. Smoking is initiated and established primarily during adolescence, with more than 80% of adult smokers first smoking before age 18.
The prevalence of frequent cigarette smoking among New Mexico high school students has decreased from 8.5% in 2003 to 3.6% in 2013. This coincides with a decrease in the US rate of frequent smoking over the past several years. In 2013, the New Mexico prevalence of frequent smoking was not statistically different from the US rate (3.6% vs. 5.6%, respectively).

Notes

YRRS tobacco questions do not distinguish between ceremonial/traditional and commercial tobacco use.   The prevalence of frequent cigarette smoking among New Mexico high school students has decreased from 8.5% in 2003 to 5.8% in 2009. This coincides with a decrease in the US rate of frequent smoking over the past several years. In 2011, the New Mexico prevalence of frequent smoking was not statistically different from the US rate (5.8% vs. 6.4%).

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Data Interpretation Issues

Responses are weighted to reflect youth attending public middle and high schools in New Mexico. The YRRS is administered in odd years.

Definition

Youth frequent smoking is defined as a youth in grades 9-12 in a NM public school who reported smoking cigarettes on at least 20 of the past 30 days

Numerator

Number of youth reporting frequent smoking in the past month

Denominator

Total number of youth participating in the YRRS

Other Objectives

Substance Abuse Epidemiology Report Indicator
Page Content Updated On 11/30/2018, Published on 12/19/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 08:41:39 MST