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Health Indicator Report of Current Tobacco Use among High School Students

Tobacco use is usually initiated during adolescence. More than 90% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age. [ ^1^] Youth use of tobacco in any form is unsafe. Youth who use multiple tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and might be more likely to continue using tobacco into adulthood.[ ^1^]
All HNJ2020 targets had been met by 2012.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective TU-2.   ** The survey was not conducted in 2010.

Data Source

Youth Tobacco Survey, Office of Tobacco Control, New Jersey Department of Health, []


Percentage of high school students (grade 9-12) who have used tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, bidis) in the 30 days preceding the survey


Number of high school students who have used tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, bidis) in the 30 days preceding the survey


Total number of high school student survey respondents

Healthy People Objective: Reduce tobacco use by adolescents in grades 9 through 12: Tobacco products (past month)

U.S. Target: 21.0 percent
State Target: 20.0 percent

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey Objective TU-2''': Reduce current tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, bidis) by high school students (grade 9-12) to 20% among all students, 21.5% among Whites, 19.5% among Blacks, and 22.6% among Hispanics.

How Are We Doing?

Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets were met by all racial/ethnic groups by 2012.

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 Services

NJ Quitline: 1-866-NJ-STOPS QuitNet: []

Health Program Information

[ NJDOH Office of Tobacco Control]
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Content updated: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 05:00:56 EDT