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Complete Indicator Profile of High School Students Reporting Current Use of Tobacco Products

Definition

Estimates for tobacco use are based on self-reported use of tobacco products. According to the YTS, tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, pipes, bidis and kreteks. Current use is defined as using any tobacco product on at least one day during the thirty days before the survey.

Numerator

Number of high school students reporting current use of tobacco products

Denominator

Number of high school students responding to the YTS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

The YTS survey is only administered every other year; therefore, results are not available on an annual basis. The sample size of the NC YTS is relatively small (fewer than 8,000 surveys are collected each year throughout the state); therefore, estimates are only available for the state and three regions (Western, Central and Eastern). No county or school level estimates are available for this measure.

Since these estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of high school students who are current smokers may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. Confidence intervals are reported which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Preventing youth from using tobacco is important to reducing the overall smoking rate. Most adults who use tobacco began smoking before the age of 18 years, with the average age of initiation between 12 and 14 years. Smokers typically become addicted to nicotine before they reach age 20. Youth who use other tobacco products (OTPs) are more likely to smoke." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Percentage of High School Students Reporting Current Use of Any Tobacco Product North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2009-2011

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of High School Students Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2009 25.8% 22.6% 29.0%
North Carolina 2011 22.5% 20.2% 24.8%
HNC 2020 Target 2009 15.0%
HNC 2020 Target 2011 15.0%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey (NC YTS). The NC YTS is a comprehensive statewide representative sample of middle and high school students (grades 6-12). High school students are those in grades 9-12.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Youth Tobacco Survey 



Percentage of High School Students Reporting Current Use of Any Tobacco Product by Race/Ethnicity, 2009-2011

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White, Black, Hispanic, Other Year Percentage of High School Students Lower Limit Upper Limit
White 2009 28.3% 25.4% 31.2%
White 2011 25.8% 22.8% 28.8%
Black 2009 21.8% 16.1% 27.5%
Black 2011 16.3% 12.2% 20.4%
Hispanic 2009 18.5% 12.0% 25.0%
Hispanic 2011 22.3% 17.8% 26.8%
Other 2009 37.5% 22.3% 52.7%
Other 2011 21.8% 13.8% 29.8%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey (NC YTS). The NC YTS is a comprehensive statewide representative sample of middle and high school students (grades 6-12). High school students are those in grades 9-12. 

Data Sources

Youth Tobacco Survey 



Percentage of High School Students Reporting Current Use of Any Tobacco Product by Sex, 2009-2011

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Males vs. Females Year Percentage of High School Students Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2009 30.8% 25.6% 36.0%
Male 2011 27.8% 24.5% 31.1%
Female 2009 20.2% 17.0% 23.4%
Female 2011 17.1% 15.0% 19.2%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey (NC YTS). The NC YTS is a comprehensive statewide representative sample of middle and high school students (grades 6-12). High school students are those in grades 9-12. 

Data Sources

Youth Tobacco Survey 



Percentage of High School Students Reporting Current Use of Any Tobacco Product by Grade, 2009-2011

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School Grades Year Percentage of High School Students Lower Limit Upper Limit
9 2009 18.2% 12.8% 23.6%
9 2011 15.4% 11.8% 19.0%
10 2009 24.7% 20.1% 29.3%
10 2011 19.8% 16.0% 23.6%
11 2009 27.4% 23.7% 31.1%
11 2011 26.1% 23.0% 29.2%
12 2009 35.9% 30.3% 41.5%
12 2011 32.0% 27.7% 36.3%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey (NC YTS). The NC YTS is a comprehensive statewide representative sample of middle and high school students (grades 6-12). High school students are those in grades 9-12. 

Data Sources

Youth Tobacco Survey 

Page Content Updated On 06/01/2012, Published on 06/01/2012
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