Table 2.42. Mean age (years and 95% confidence interval) at first use of cigarettes and other substances among young adults aged 18-24 years who had ever smoked cigarettes, by gender, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, United States, 1997-1998

Other substance usedYoung womenYoung men
Age first used cigarettes * Age first used other substanceAge first used cigarettesAge first used other substance
None15.6 (±1.1)-14.9 (±1.0)-
Alcohol ** 14.3 (±0.2)15.3 (±0.2)14.3 (±0.2)14.9 (±0.2)
Marijuana§ 14.1 (±0.2)16.1 (±0.2)14.1 (±0.2)15.9 (±0.2)
Cocaine >§<§ 13.3 (±0.5)17.6 (±0.3)13.1 (±0.4)17.9 (±0.3)

Note: Persons who ever smoked cigarettes were those who smoked > 100 days in their lifetime.

*

Respondents were asked, "About how old were you when you first tried a cigarette?"

**

Respondents were asked, "About how old were you the first time you had a glass of beer or wine or a drink of liquor, such as whisky, gin, scotch, etc.? Do not include childhood sips that you might have had from an older person's drink."

§

Respondents were asked, "About how old were you the first time you actually used marijuana or hash, even once?"

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Respondents were asked, "About how old were you the first time you actually used cocaine, in any form, even once?"Sources: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, public use data tapes, 1997, 1998 .

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

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