Teen Smoking Rates

Teen smoking rates in New Jersey are higher than adult smoking rates, and certain forms of tobacco product use are on the rise in the teen population, especially hookah smoking and smokeless tobacco use. Read this August 6, 2012 news article about a recent study that found a correlation between starting smoking at a younger age and a genetic susceptibility to heavy smoking as an adult.

Read a November 14, 2012 article about a survey conducted by Legacy and Seventeen magazine, which found that nearly one-in-ten teen girls in the United States are current smokers, but a majority of them want to quit. Researchers surveyed teen girls on their behavior, attitudes and opinions about quitting smoking, and found that 70 percent of these teen smokers want to quit.

Both the federal and state health departments track the teen smoking rates in New Jersey. Below are the findings of their most recent reports.

In June 2012, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released the results of their 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey. The findings showed that smoking rates by New Jersey high school teens (grade 9-12) declined slightly from 2009 to 2011:

The New Jersey Department of Health's 2008 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey: A Statewide Report published in 2011 showed:

Last update: 4/26/12