Reduce current cigarette smoking in adolescents — TU‑06

Status: Target met or exceeded

Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
3.3 percent (2020)

3.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

5.4 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days in 2018

Reduce current use of cigarettes among adolescents

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Cigarette smoking causes cancer and early death. Most adults who smoke cigarettes started before age 18 years, so preventing cigarette smoking in adolescents is key to reducing smoking in adults. Population-level interventions to reduce tobacco use include price increases, mass media campaigns, and smoke-free policies.

Workgroup: Tobacco Use Workgroup