Figure 7 is a line graph depicting the trend in lifetime cigarette use among males and females aged 12 to 17 from 1965 to 2002. From 1965 to 1980, there was little change in the rate of lifetime cigarette use among boys aged 12 to 17. Rates were 37.9 percent in 1965 and 37.8 percent in 1980. However, during that period, the rate among adolescent girls generally increased from 21.7 to 36.2 percent. Since 1980, rates for girls have been nearly the same as the rates for boys.
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