Reduce current tobacco use in adolescents — TU‑04

This objective is a Leading Health Indicator (LHI). Learn about LHIs.

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
23.0 percent (2019)

11.3 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

18.3 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 used cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookah, pipe tobacco, and/or bidis in the past 30 days in 2018

Reduce current use of any tobacco products among adolescents

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Nearly all tobacco use begins in childhood and adolescence. Population-level interventions to reduce tobacco use include price increases, mass media campaigns, and smoke-free policies.

Workgroup: Tobacco Use Workgroup