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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
May/June 2010, Volume 18, Number 3 

Teen Cigarette Use & Perceptions of Risk

Preventing adolescents from starting to smoke may be the most effective way to reduce the health and economic burden of tobacco-related illness in the future. New SAMHSA data examine teen cigarette use and perceptions of risk from smoking by state.

Cigarette Use: State Estimates

According to State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk from Smoking, combined 2007 and 2008 data indicate that the rates of past-month cigarette use among adolescents age 12 to 17 ranged from a low of 5.77 percent in Utah to a high of 14.47 percent in Kentucky.

Of the 10 states with the highest rates of past-month cigarette use, 5 were in the midwest (Indiana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin), 4 were in the south (Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia), and 1 was in the west (Wyoming).

Of the 10 states and jurisdictions with the lowest rates of past-month cigarette use, 3 were in the northeast (Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York), 4 were in the west (California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Utah), and 3 were in the south (Maryland, Texas, and the District of Columbia).

Perceptions of Risk

Combined 2007 and 2008 data indicate that about 7 in 10 (69.26 percent) adolescents perceived great risk of harm from smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day. Rates of perceptions of great risk ranged from a low of 63.30 percent in Alabama to a high of 77.00 percent in Utah.

Of the 10 states with the highest rates of perceived great risk, 5 were in the Northeast (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont), 4 were in the West (Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, and Utah), and 1 was in the South (Delaware).

Of the 10 states with the lowest rates of perceived great risk, 6 were in the south (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee), 3 were in the midwest (Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin), and 1 was in the northeast (New Hampshire).

Comparisons of combined 2002 and 2003 data with combined 2007 and 2008 data showed that 35 states experienced a statistically significant reduction in the rate of adolescent past-month cigarette use, and 35 states and the District of Columbia had an increase in the percentage of adolescents perceiving great risk from smoking.

Twenty-seven states experienced both of these trends, and there were no states with a statistically significant increase in adolescent smoking or decrease in perceived risk.

Download State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk from Smoking.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood

Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood

Project LAUNCH focuses on children from birth to age 8.


  From the Administrator  
Your Responses to What's in a Term?

Your Responses to “What’s in a Term?”

Comments are continuing to arrive in SAMHSA’s email reader-response box. Thank you! Read the responses so far.

Your Comments, Ideas, Personal Stories . . .

Your Comments, Ideas, Personal Stories . . .

SAMHSA has received more than 150 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Health Reform  

Affordable Care Act: Implications for Behavioral Health

The Act improves services for people who have mental health and substance use disorders.



  Suicide Prevention in American  
  Indian Communities  
Helping Youth “Live To See the Great Day That Dawns”

Helping Youth “Live To See the Great Day That Dawns”

AI/AN youth are 10 times more likely to attempt suicide.

First-Person: Commitment, Hope, Community

Collaborating across tribes helped create a needed publication for AI/AN youth.



  Teens & Substance Abuse  
Adolescents Do What Every Day?

Adolescents Do What Every Day?

A day in the life may include more than texting and homework.

Tobacco Sales to Minors Increasing?

Tobacco Sales to Minors Increasing?

Sales of tobacco to minors increased nationally in 2009.

Youth Smoking & Maternal Risk Factors

Youth Smoking & Maternal Risk Factors

If a mother smokes, does that affect her teen?

Teen Smoking: New Data

Trends in young people’s smoking habits.



  Treatment  
TIP 49 in Your Pocket

TIP 49 in Your Pocket

Pocket “Quick Guides” for counselors and physicians.

By Metro Area: Treatment Data

By Metro Area: Treatment Data

Activities in 27 metro areas include Baltimore and San Diego — Metro Briefs.


  Awards  
PRISM Awards Honor Films, Television

PRISM Awards Honor Films, Television

Kudos for the realistic depiction of substance abuse and mental illness in film and TV.


  Staff in the News  
Leadership Award to Kana Enomoto

Leadership Award to Kana Enomoto

The Arthur S. Flemming Awards honors SAMHSA’s Kana Enomoto.


  Ending Seclusion & Restraint  

Organizations Making a Difference

SAMHSA honors facilities for reducing these practices.



  Drug Abuse Warning Network  
  (DAWN)  

Rise in Nonmedical Use of Pain Relievers

Emergency visits double for prescription opioid pain relievers.



  Recovery Month  
Toolkits, Posters Available

Toolkits, Posters Available

For September, planning materials at RecoveryMonth.gov.



  


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