Washington—The prevalence of cigarette
smoking among high school students dropped to its lowest level in recent years,
according to the latest edition of the long-running Monitoring the Future
survey. Among 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders, the prevalence of smoking at
least once in the 30 days before the survey has dropped continuously since
peaking in 1996 and 1997.
From 1981 through the early 1990s, 30-day smoking prevalence remained
stable among 12th graders, at around 29%. That figure began climbing in the
early 1990s, reaching 38% by 1997. In 2001, in contrast, around 30% of 12th
graders reported smoking in the past 30 days.
Vastag B. Miscellanea Medica. JAMA. 2003;289(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.163