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Figure 6.2 is titled "Perceived Great Risk of Cigarette and Alcohol Use among Youths Aged 12 to 17: 2002 through 2004." It is a bar graph, where cigarette and alcohol use behaviors are shown on the horizontal axis, and the percentage perceiving great risk is shown on the vertical axis. For each of the three behavior categories, there are bars representing 2002, 2003, and 2004. Tests of statistical significance at the .05 level were performed between 2003 and 2004 estimates and between 2002 and 2004 estimates; significant results are indicated where appropriate.

The percentage of youths who perceived that smoking 1 or more packs of cigarettes per day is a great risk was 63.1 percent in 2002, 64.2 percent in 2003, and 67.5 percent in 2004. The differences between the 2004 estimate and the 2002 and 2003 estimates were significant.
The percentage of youths who perceived that having 4 or 5 drinks of alcohol nearly every day is a great risk was 62.2 percent in 2002, 61.6 percent in 2003, and 61.8 percent in 2004.
The percentage of youths who perceived that having 5 or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week is a great risk was 38.2 percent in 2002, 38.5 percent in 2003, and 38.1 percent in 2004.

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