Ages 15-19

Ever smoking - ages 15-19

Among youth aged 15-19, 10.5%a reported ever having smoked a whole cigarette in 2020, not significantly different from the 2019 estimate of 10.7%b,36 (Figure 6.4). Significantly more males (12.8%c) than females (7.8%d) had smoked a whole cigarette.37

The percentage of students who had ever smoked a whole cigarette increased with age in most years between 1999 and 2017. This age gradient appeared to be particularly steep in the most recent years.

Download Figure 6.4 percentage of youth aged 15-19 who have ever smoked a whole cigarette, by age (.xlsx)

95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates

a: 10.5 [8.5-12.4]
b: 10.7 [8.8-12.6]
c: 12.8 [10.0-15.5]
d: 7.8 [5.3-10.3]