Teen Smoking

Definition: Percent of youths (grades 6, 8, 10, 12) who have smoked cigarettes at least once in their lifetime.

Importance
Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces significant health problems among young people, including an increase in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness and potential effects on the rate of lung growth and maximum lung function.

Where We Are
In 2014, 13.5% of teens in Douglas County had smoked cigarettes at least once. The percentage in Douglas County is less than the State of Kansas in 2014.

Health Disparities
Among youths in Douglas County in 2014: As grade level increased, the percent of youths who had smoked at least once increased.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Reduce the initiation of the use of cigarettes among children and adolescents that are between 12 and 17 years of age to 4.2%.

Additional Information
Prevention is critical. Successful multi-component programs prevent youths from starting to use tobacco in the first place and more than pay for themselves in lives and health care dollars saved. Strategies that comprise successful comprehensive tobacco control programs include:
  • Evidence-based school programs
  • Higher tobacco prices
  • Mass media campaigns
  • Smoke-free laws and policies
  • Sustained community-wide efforts
Teen Smoking Trend Analysis
Teen Smoking Diparity Analysis