Less than a third of adolescents in a 2011 survey reported that their healthcare providers asked them about tobacco use or advised them not to use tobacco, according to an article published online August 18 in Pediatrics.
Gillian L. Schauer, MPH, from Carter Consulting, a contractor to the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues analyzed responses to the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS).
The NYTS is a nationally representative survey of adolescents in grades 6 to 12 in public and private schools in the United States. A total of 18,866 students (72.7% response rate) completed the 2011 survey. The researchers analyzed responses from 18,094 students who answered specific questions about smoking and health professional screening and advice.
Overall, the prevalence of tobacco use in 2011 among adolescents was 16.6% (95% confidence interval [CI], 14.7% - 18.5%), and
10.8% of adolescents were current cigarette smokers,
3.6% were established smokers,
7.2% were nonestablished smokers,
17.3% were former smokers, and
71.9% were never smokers.
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