In 2002, according to the Youth Smoking Survey, 25% of youth, in grades 5 through 9, reported ever trying any tobacco product, compared to 42% in 1994. Smoking cigarettes (23% in 2002, 40% in 1994) was the most common form of trying tobacco. Smoking prevalence amongst males and females was generally the same in 2002.
Overall, regardless of the smoking status, the reported use or experimentation with tobacco fell by approximately 50% for those who had smoked a whole cigarette over the last 10 years. The mean age of smoking a whole cigarette for the first time was 11 years old in both 1994 and 2002.
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