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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer adolescents are smoking. In fact, according to new data from SAMHSA, fewer of them are using all tobacco products.

Trends in Tobacco Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2008 reports that the decline in past-month tobacco use can be attributed primarily to a decline in past month cigarette use—the most frequently used tobacco product—with 13.0 percent of adolescents age 12 to 17 using cigarettes in 2002 compared with 9.1 percent in 2008.

of youth tobacco trends short report—click to view publication

SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that adolescents’ use of tobacco products overall declined between 2002 and 2008 (from 15.2 to 11.4 percent). However, the rate of recent initiation of cigarette use remained stable. See chart for details.

The survey questions about tobacco use focused on cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco and snuff, with special emphasis on the use of cigarettes.

Download Trends in Tobacco Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2008.

Trends at a Glance: Youth Tobacco Use Declines: 2002 to 2008

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This is a line graph comparing past month tobacco use among youths aged 12 to 17: 2002 to 2008—click to enlarge

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies (October 15, 2009). The NSDUH Report: Trends in Tobacco Using among Adolescents: 2002 to 2008. Figure 1: Past-Month Tobacco Use among Youth Age 12 to 17: 2002 to 2008. Rockville, MD.

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Use of Menthol Cigarettes

Among past-month smokers, the percentage smoking menthol cigarettes increased from 2004 (31.0 percent) to 2008 (33.9 percent).

Use of Menthol Cigarettes, a recent short report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), reported that increases in menthol cigarette use among current smokers were most pronounced for adolescents age 12 to 17 (43.5 percent in 2004 versus 47.7 percent in 2008), young adults age 18 to 25 (34.1 versus 40.8 percent), and males (26.9 versus 30.8 percent).

What Is Menthol?

Menthol is an additive to cigarettes that stimulates cold receptors, giving the sensation of coolness in the mouth, pharynx, and lungs. Menthol may mask the harshness of cigarette smoke.

According to the report, past-month smoking of menthol cigarettes was more likely among those who were recent smoking initiates (i.e., began smoking in the past year) than among those who were longer term smokers (i.e., initiated use more than a year ago) (44.6 versus 31.8 percent, respectively).

Combined 2004 to 2008 data indicate that nearly one-third (32.0 percent) of past-month smokers aged 12 or older smoked menthol cigarettes in the past month. The prevalence of menthol cigarette use among past-month smokers decreased with age (44.8 percent among smokers age 12 to 17, 36.5 percent among those age 18 to 25, and 30.1 percent among those age 26 or older).

Find out more by downloading Use of Menthol Cigarettes.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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