Health Indicator Report of Cigarette Use among Middle School Students
Tobacco use is usually initiated during adolescence. Nearly 90% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age.[https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/tobacco_use/index.htm ^1^] Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, leads to disease and disability, and harms nearly every organ of the body.[https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/index.htm ^2^]
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective TU-1c. ** 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'''Revised 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 1.0% among the total population, 0.7% among Whites, 0.4% among Blacks, 1.9% among Hispanics, and 0.3% among Asians. '''Original 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. [https://nj.gov/health/fhs/tobacco/regulations/]
Available ServicesNJ Quitline: 1-866-NJ-STOPS
Health Program Information[https://nj.gov/health/fhs/tobacco/ NJDOH Office of Tobacco Control]
Page Content Updated On 08/15/2018, Published on 09/23/2020