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Figure 5.6 is titled "Past Year Cigarette Initiation among Youths Aged 12 to 17 Who Had Never Smoked, by Gender: 2002 through 2004. This is a bar graph where gender is shown on the horizontal axis and the percentage initiating cigarette use in the past year is shown on the vertical axis. For each gender, 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.

Among male youths, 6.1 percent reported cigarette use initiation in 2002, and 5.8 percent reported cigarette use initiation in both 2003 and 2004.
Among female youths, 7.4 percent reported cigarette use initiation in 2002, 7.5 percent in 2003, and 7.8 percent in 2004.

None of the differences between 2002 and 2004 or between 2003 and 2004 were significant.

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