Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use
Show-Me the Tobacco Facts!
- The average age of first use for cigarettes is 12.71 in MO; compared to the national average of 13.94
- 2% of our students reported smoking cigarettes in the past 30 days, and 10.6% used E-Cigs
- 4% of our students believe smoking is “wrong” or “very wrong” compared to 79% for e-cigs
- Almost half (46.1%) think cigarettes are “very” or “sort of” easy to obtain
- Missouri has the lowest rate on cigarette taxes in the nation at .17 a pack
- 80% of adult smokers began before the age of 18