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Table 2.19. Cumulative percentage (and 95% confidence interval) of recalled age at which respondents aged 18-21 years first tried a cigarette or began to smoke daily, by gender, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, United States, 1998

Age (years)All personsPersons who ever smoked daily
First tried a cigarette * Began smoking daily ** First tried a cigarette * Began smoking daily **
Young WomenYoung MenYoung WomenYoung MenYoung WomenYoung MenYoung WomenYoung Men
<126.3 (±1.8)8.8 (±2.2)1.0 (±0.6)§ 1.1 (±0.7)§ 14.1 (±4.9)14.1 (±4.6)3.1 (±1.9)3.2 (±1.9)
<1417.1 (±2.7)23.5 (±3.2)3.3 (±1.4)4.2 (±1.4)36.9 (±6.6)36.7 (±6.4)10.4 (±4.3)12.0 (±4.0)
<1635.2 (±3.5)42.3 (±3.7)9.9 (±2.3)11.7 (±2.4)67.8 (±6.7)62.8 (±6.5)31.5 (±6.4)33.2 (±6.1)
<1855.1 (±3.5)63.5 (±3.5)23.5 (±3.2)26.0 (±3.4)95.5 (±3.1)95.4 (±2.1)74.8 (±6.4)74.3 (±5.9)
Mean ageNA >§<§ NANANA14.1 (±0.3)14.2 (±0.3)16.1 (±0.3)16.1 (±0.3)
*

Respondents were asked, "How old were you the first time you smoked a cigarette, even one or two puffs?"

**

Respondents were asked, "How old were you when you first started smoking cigarettes every day?"

§

Estimate should be interpreted with caution because of the small number of respondents.

>§<§

NA = Not applicable. Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, public use data tape, 1998 .

From: Chapter 2. Patterns of Tobacco Use Among Women and Girls

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Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General.
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