About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of nonsmokers aged 12 to 17 years who had a serum cotinine level greater than or equal to 0.05 ng/mL and less than or equal to 10 ng/ml
Number of non-smokers aged 12 to 17 years
From 2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey:
[NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]
[For ages 12 years and older:]
During the past 5 days did you use any product containing nicotine including cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, or any other product containing nicotine?
- Don't know
Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years are classified as nonsmokers if they respond “no” to using any product containing nicotine in the past 5 days and if their serum cotinine level is less than or equal to 10 ng/mL. Only responses to the questions asked of persons who participated in the examination component of the survey were used, so that serum levels of cotinine could be available for analysis.
The limit of detection for cotinine was revised to 0.05 ng/mL to be more consistent with other similar measures including indicators from Healthy People 2010 and the National Prevention Strategy. Using a lower level of detection of cotinine, may have allowed us to detect cotinine in persons
who are currently categorized as ‘unexposed’.
Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.
Additional resources about the objective
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.