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TU-3.5 Reduce the initiation of the use of tobacco products by young adults aged 18 to 25 years

About the Data: National

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
10.9 (2008)
Target: 
8.9
Target-Setting Method: 
2 percentage point improvement
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Because the baseline is very low, a standard target-setting method would result in statistically insignificant improvement. Therefore, the alternative method of a 2-percentage point improvement was selected.
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 to 25 years who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 18 to 25 who did not use tobacco products in their lifetime or who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of a cigarette? _______

    How old were you the first time you used snuff? _______

    How old were you the first time you used chewing tobacco? _______

    How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of any type of cigar? _______

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    Initiation of tobacco use in the 12 months prior to date of interview was identified by examining the youth’s interview date, birth date, and initiation date of first tobacco use. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any type of cigar. Persons who responded that they have used any of these tobacco products for more than 12 months are not included in this measure.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Measure: 
percent
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 to 25 years who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 18 to 25 who did not use tobacco products in their lifetime or who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview

Questions Used to Obtain the State Data: 

      From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

      [NUMERATOR:]

      How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of a cigarette? _______

      How old were you the first time you used snuff? _______

      How old were you the first time you used chewing tobacco? _______

      How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of any type of cigar? _______

Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

      Initiation of tobacco use in the 12 months prior to date of interview was identified by examining the youth’s interview date, birth date, and initiation date of first tobacco use. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any type of cigar. Persons who responded that they have used any of these tobacco products for more than 12 months are not included in this measure.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
During regular data collection and processing checks, errors were identified in the NSDUH data. These errors affected the data for Pennsylvania (2006-2010) and Maryland (2008-2009). These errors had minimal impact on the national estimates and no effect on direct estimates for the other 48 states and the District of Columbia. Comparing estimates for Pennsylvania, Maryland, the mid-Atlantic division, and the Northeast region were of most concern. As a result in 2013, the baseline value was revised from 10.8% to 10.9%. The target was adjusted from 8.8% to 8.9% to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.