- Approximately 13% of college aged students (ages 18-24) smoke cigarettes
In 2015, nearly 7 in 10 adult cigarette smokers wanted to stop smoking
- ...and more than 5 in 10 adult cigarette smokers had made a quit attempt in the past year
- In high schools nationwide in the past 30 days, 20% reported using a tobacco product in the past 30 days
- 75% of Missouri college students have not used a tobacco product in the past year
- Missouri college students report rates of use of tobacco products in the past year as follows (check all that apply):
- Of students who report using the above tobacco products in the past year, the following use that product every day:
- Of students who use tobacco:
- 64% have tried to quit since entering college
- 32% are currently trying to quit or use less often
- 78% of Missouri college students support having smoke-free outdoor university areas
- 82% would prefer to go to a bar or restaurant that is smoke-free
- Males are more likely to smoke than females (15% of U.S. adult males vs 13% of females)
- Cigarette smoking is highest among American Indians and Alaskan natives and people of multiple races, and lowest among Asian Americans
- Individuals living below the poverty line are nearly twice as likely to smoke as those living at or above poverty level (26% vs 14%)
- The Midwest has the highest rate of cigarette smoking (almost 19% of the U.S.)
- Individuals with disabilities smoke at higher rates than individuals with no disability (21% vs 14%)
- Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual were more likely to be smokers than their heterosexual peers (20% vs 15%)
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The CDC has a great guide on best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs.
Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative has a wealth of resources for campuses to create policies, encourage compliance and enforcement, and more!
The Adolescent Smoking Cessation: Escaping Nicotine and Tobacco Program (ASCENT) program is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices as having effective outcomes for tobacco use.
Strategies to Reduce Tobacco Use
- Higher costs for tobacco products (for example, through increased taxes)
- Implement smoke free and tobacco free laws
- Raising the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to 21 years, which has recently emerged as a potential strategy for reducing youth tobacco use
- Community programs and school and college policies and interventions that encourage tobacco-free environments and lifestyles
- Community programs that reduce tobacco advertising, promotions, and availability of tobacco products
- Availability of cessation programs