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July 17, 1996

Tobacco Use and Usual Source of Cigarettes Among High School Students—United States, 1995

JAMA. 1996;276(3):184-185. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540030018010

APPROXIMATELY 90% of all initiation of tobacco use occurs among persons aged ≤ years, and the prevalence of tobacco use among adolescents is increasing.1,2 Despite laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors in all states and the District of Columbia, most minors are able to purchase tobacco products.1,3 To determine current prevalences of the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products (i.e., chewing tobacco and snuff) by high school students, the usual source of cigarettes among those who smoked, and the percentage of students who were asked to show proof of age when buying cigarettes, CDC analyzed data from the 1995 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).