Health Indicator Report of Cigarette Use among Middle School Students
Tobacco use is usually initiated during adolescence. More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age.  Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death and disease in the United States. Smoking claims 443,000 lives each year. It has been shown that smoking increases the risk for chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. In addition, smoking contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart disease and lung cancer among nonsmokers.
NotesThis is a Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective. ** The survey is not conducted annually.
Data SourceYouth Tobacco Survey, Office of Tobacco Control, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/tobacco/]
DefinitionPercentage of middle school (7th-8th grade) students who have used cigarettes on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey
NumeratorNumber of middle school student survey respondents who have used cigarettes on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey
DenominatorTotal number of middle school student survey respondents
Other Objectives'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective TU-1c''': Reduce the proportion of middle school students (grades 7 to 8) who are current smokers (any use in past 30 days) to 3.9% among the total population, 4.2% among Whites, 2.8% among Blacks, 5.9% among Hispanics, and 1.1% among Asians.
What Is Being Done?The Office of Tobacco Control is spearheading work on statewide comprehensive tobacco free policies in schools. New Jersey Quit Services are accessible online and by phone. In July, 2017, a bill raising the minimum age for purchase and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices from 19 to 21 was signed into law.
Available ServicesNJ Quitline: 1-866-NJ-STOPS QuitNet: [http://www.quitnet.com http://www.quitnet.com]
Health Program Information[http://www.nj.gov/health/as/ctcp/ NJDOH Office of Tobacco Control]
Page Content Updated On 02/14/2017, Published on 09/21/2017