The Youth Tobacco Component of the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey show tobacco use rates among middle and high school students significantly declined over the past decade.
Based on the survey, 4.6 percent of middle school and 19.9 percent of high school students used some form of tobacco in the month prior to taking the survey. In 2000, 13.1 percent of middle school and 32.4 percent of high school students reported tobacco use the month before the survey. The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that tobacco use among middle and high school students in Connecticut continues to decline, according to a recent school health survey.
Secondhand smoke exposure is still too common among Connecticut youth, with approximately 30% of middle and high school students reporting regular exposure to secondhand smoke in a variety of settings. Approximately 30% of both middle and high school students report living with someone who smokes cigarettes, and 16.9% of middle school and 20.5% of high school students say they were at home in the past seven days when someone smoked a tobacco product. More than 20% of middle school and 30% of high school students rode in a car in the past seven days with someone who was smoking cigarettes.
Cigarettes are the most common form of tobacco used, with 2.9% of middle and 14% of high school students reporting that they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days. Other common forms of tobacco used include cigars and smokeless tobacco.