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Mississippi Department Of Health Releases Youth Tobacco Survey Results

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Youth Tobacco Survey

The latest findings show that tobacco use among Mississippi public high school and middle school students is decreasing.

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Significant findings from the survey include a 43 percent drop in frequent cigar use by public high school students and a 30 percent decrease in current cigarette use by public middle school students between 2004 and 2006. The survey examines public high school and middle school students' use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and cigars.

According to Dr. Lovetta Brown, Interim State Epidemiologist, the findings suggest that students are hearing the message about the dangers of tobacco use and beginning to apply that message to their lives.

The survey findings also show a slight increase by public middle school students who had ever used smokeless tobacco, from 14.7 percent in 2004 to 15.5 percent in 2006, and an increase in the percentage of public high school students who had ever smoked cigarettes, from 59.4 percent to 61.2 percent.

The 2006 Youth Tobacco Survey was administered jointly by MDH and the Mississippi State University Social Science Research Center to students across the state. Student participation is voluntary and anonymous.