High School Students Who Tried to Quit Smoking Cigarettes -- United States, 2007

Malarcher, A.; Morris, E.; Jones, S. E.; Kann, L.; Buckley, R.
May 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;5/1/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 16, p428
The article reports the number of high school students who tried to quit smoking cigarettes in the United States based on the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of students in grades 9-12. Of the students who smoke, 60.9% tried to quit but only 12.2% were successful. Quitting was higher among female (67.3%) than male students (55.5%), and higher among black (68.1%) than Hispanic students (54.1%). It also suggests the importance of cessation counseling to increase quitting success and prevent youth from starting to smoke.


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