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Tobacco is a plant grown for its leaves, which are dried and fermented before being put in tobacco products. Tobacco contains nicotine, an ingredient that can lead to addiction, which is why so many people who use tobacco find it difficult to quit. There are also many other potentially harmful chemicals found in tobacco or created by burning it. Learn more

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2016 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime [9.80] [17.50] [28.30]
Past Month [2.60] [4.90] 10.50
Daily [0.90] [1.90] 4.80
E-cigarettes Past Month 6.20 11.00 12.50
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 6.90 10.20 14.20
Past Month 2.50 3.50 6.60
Daily 0.60 1.00 2.70

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2015 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 58.50 13.20 53.30 64.70
Past Year 23.10 8.10 35.00 22.90
Past Month 19.40 4.20 26.70 20.00
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 16.30 5.50 19.60 17.00
Past Year 4.70 3.50 9.00 4.10
Past Month 3.40 1.50 5.40 3.20

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