In 2001, almost
one in three (30.3 percent) of Missouri high school students reported
they had smoked one or more cigarettes during the past 30 days.
In 2001, 14.9
percent of Missouri middle school students reported they had smoked one
or more cigarettes during the past 30 days.
rate of Missouri's 9th grade students (27 percent) is almost that of the
adult rate (27.2 percent), but the 10th grade smoking rate (29.8 percent)
exceeds the adult rate, increasing in the 11th grade (29.6 percent) and
peaking in the 12th grade at 35.4 percent.
Missouri's high school smoking rate (30.3 percent) is now lower than the
national average of 34.5 percent, and has declined from the 1995 rate of
Three out of
five (60%) Missouri high school students who smoke reported trying to
and 1997, cigarette smoking among college students nationwide rose 27.8
percent, from 22.3 percent to 28.5 percent.