According to data from a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse report, more than 8.5 million people between ages 12 and 17 years have smoked cigarettes.1,2 This represents approximately 42% of the population of 12- to 17-year-olds included in the Institute's Household Survey on Drug Abuse.
Female high school seniors are more likely to report daily cigarette smoking than are male high school seniors (20% vs 16%, respectively),2,3 and white 12- to 17 year-olds are more likely than are minority youth to smoke cigarettes.2,4 It is thus particularly timely to examine data on cigarette smoking among pregnant adolescents.
It is well known and recognized that adolescent high-risk behaviors cluster.2,5 Adolescents who participate in early and unprotected sexual activity are more likely to smoke cigarettes and marijuana and experience poor educational achievement.5 That is not to say that all adolescents who become pregnant participate in such
McANARNEY ER. Cigarette Smoking and Adolescent Pregnancy: Double Trouble. Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(12):1294–1295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150360016009
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