Tobacco

Topics: United States, Hispanic and Latino Americans, White American Pages: 3 (726 words) Published: June 5, 2011
Contrary to popular social belief, it is NOT illegal to smoke tobacco products at any age. However, the SALE of tobacco products is highly regulated with legal legislation.

Demographics
Smokers by age
"Each day, approximately 6,000 young persons try their first cigarette and approximately 3,000 become daily smokers."

12.8 percent middle school students reported using some form of tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless, cigars, pipes) in the past month. Current cigarette use among middle school students was 9.2 percent. The rate of smoking among middle school students by race/ethnic groups was relatively equal.

More than one-third (34.8 percent) of high school students reported using some form of tobacco in the past month. More than a quarter (28.4 percent) of high school students were current cigarette smokers, with male and female students smoking at equal rates - 28.7 and 28.2 percent respectively. Current cigarette smoking prevalence use by race/ethnic groups was higher among Caucasian high school students, followed by Latino, and African American students.

Smokers by gender
Currently about 22 percent of women 18 years and older are smoking. The gap in smoking prevalence between men and women has narrowed dramatically in recent years. Although male smoking prevalence dropped 24 percentage points between 1965 and 1993, the prevalence of female smoking dropped only 11 percentage points during the same period. Women are beginning to smoke at younger ages.

Smokers by ethnicity/race
48 million adult smokers in the United States.
There are approximately 31.3 million Hispanic Americans living in the United States, comprising 11.2 percent of the total population. Hispanics are less likely to be smokers (20.4 percent) than non-Hispanic whites (25.3 percent) and African Americans (26.7 percent). Smoking prevalence remained at the highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives at 40 percent in 1998. As smoking has declined among the white non-Hispanic...
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