U.S. high school students who first tried cigarette smoking before the age of 13 as of 2017, by gender and ethnicity

U.S. high school students who smoked before age of 13, by gender and ethnicity 2017 This statistic shows the share of American students in grades 9 to 12 who have tried smoking a cigarette for the first time before the age of 13, by gender and ethnicity, as of 2017. During the survey, 10 percent of male student respondents with a white, non-Hispanic background stated they had tried smoking a cigarette for the first time before the age of 13.
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All races / ethnicitiesWhite (non-Hispanic)Black (non-Hispanic)Hispanic
Female8%7.7%10.9%7.1%
Male10.9%10%10.5%13%
Total9.5%8.9%10.8%10.1%
All races / ethnicitiesWhite (non-Hispanic)Black (non-Hispanic)Hispanic
Female8%7.7%10.9%7.1%
Male10.9%10%10.5%13%
Total9.5%8.9%10.8%10.1%
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This statistic shows the share of American students in grades 9 to 12 who have tried smoking a cigarette for the first time before the age of 13, by gender and ethnicity, as of 2017. During the survey, 10 percent of male student respondents with a white, non-Hispanic background stated they had tried smoking a cigarette for the first time before the age of 13.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
September 2016 to December 2017
Number of respondents
14,956 respondents
Method of interview
Questionnaire
Supplementary notes
The survey was conducted at all regular public and private schools with students in at least one of grades 9–12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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