This table shows the prevalence of selected reasons for using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, by age group and use history. The table follows below:

TABLE 1. Prevalence of selected reasons for using cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, by age group and use history United States, Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey, 1993

 

“It relaxes or calms me”

“It’s really hard to quit”

 

10-18 yrs

19-22 yrs

10-22 yrs

10-18 yrs

19-22 yrs

10-22 yrs

Tobacco product/Use history

%

(95% CI*)

%

(95% CI)

%

(95% CI)

%

(95% CI)

%

(95% CI)

%

(95% CI)

Cigarettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifetime use†

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

≤ 20 cigarettes

30.5

(± 7.5)

18.1

(±10.0)

26.9

(± 6.1)

8.2

(± 4.7)

3.8

(± 6.1)

7.0

(±3.8)

21–98 cigarettes

48.7

(± 9.1)

39.5

(± 9.8)

45.0

(± 6.8)

21.1

(± 7.3)

10.4

(± 6.0)

16.7

(±5.2)

≥100 cigarettes

66.8

(± 3.4)

69.2

(± 3.0)

68.1

(± 2.2)

63.1

(± 4.1)

64.8

(± 3.3)

64.1

(±2.7)

Frequency of use§

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1–14 days

40.6

(± 5.0)

37.8

(± 5.7)

39.4

(± 3.8)

17.7

(± 4.0)

18.3

(± 4.8)

18.0

(±3.2)

15–29 days

60.8

(± 7.2)

75.7

(± 6.6)

68.2

(± 5.0)

50.5

(± 7.8)

56.2

(± 8.2)

53.4

(±5.5)

30 days

73.3

(± 4.2)

72.4

(± 3.7)

72.8

(± 2.8)

74.3

(± 4.4)

73.5

(± 3.3)

73.8

(±2.7)

Intensity of use¶

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

≤ 5 cigarettes

57.3

(± 5.1)

61.5

(± 5.7)

59.1

(± 3.8)

39.6

(± 5.4)

34.6

(± 6.2)

37.4

(±4.1)

6–15 cigarettes

69.7

(± 5.8)

74.4

(± 4.8)

72.4

(± 3.8)

72.4

(± 5.9)

73.4

(± 4.6)

73.0

(±3.7)

≥16 cigarettes

75.4

(± 7.0)

71.1

(± 5.9)

72.5

(± 4.4)

82.6

(± 6.8)

78.8

(± 4.8)

80.1

(±3.9)

Smokeless tobacco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifetime use**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never regular user

10.5

(± 6.2)

19.3

(±12.8)

13.8

(± 6.0)

5.0

(± 4.2)

1.7

(± 2.5)

3.8

(±2.9)

Ever regular user

43.2

(± 8.7)

55.1

(± 7.3)

49.7

(± 6.0)

47.5

(± 8.7)

54.2

(± 8.1)

51.2

(±5.2)

Frequency of use††

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1–14 days

17.7

(± 6.8)

33.4

(±10.1)

24.5

(± 5.6)

10.0

(± 5.4)

12.9

(± 6.0)

11.2

(±4.0)

15–29 days

41.5

(±15.7)

56.6

(±15.2)

48.5

(±11.7)

31.9

(±14.3)

38.5

(±13.2)

35.0

(±9.6)

30 days

49.4

(±13.4)

56.8

(± 9.4)

53.8

(± 8.7)

74.4

(± 9.6)

74.0

(± 9.2)

74.2

(±6.5)

Intensity§§

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1–2 times

22.3

(± 7.0)

39.2

(± 9.3)

29.4

(± 5.9)

13.3

(± 5.8)

15.3

(± 6.9)

14.1

(±4.1)

≥3 times

43.1

(±11.0)

52.9

(± 8.8)

48.6

(± 7.5)

56.7

(±10.3)

61.9

(± 9.3)

59.7

(±6.3)

*Confidence interval
† Lifetime number of cigarettes smoked. Sample sizes (n=2042–2047) are for persons aged 10–22 years. Sample sizes for the 10–18-year category and the 19–22-year category are approximately half of the total sample size. Sample sizes vary because of variation in missing values for each item.

§ Days smoked during preceding 30 days; n=2072–2079.
¶ Cigarettes smoked per day. Samples (n=1634–1637) exclude persons who smoked during the preceding 30 days but not during the preceding 7 days.

**Based on responses to the questions, “Are you now a regular user of chewing tobacco or snuff?” and “Was there ever a time when you considered yourself to be a regular user of chewing tobacco or snuff?”; n=458–467.

†† Days used during preceding 30 days; n=457–466.
§§ Times used per day; n=452–460.