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In 2012, current use of a tobacco product among persons aged 12 or older was reported by a higher percentage of males (33.0 percent) than females (20.9 percent). Males also had higher rates of past month use than females of each specific tobacco product:
- cigarettes (24.6 percent among males vs. 19.8 percent among females),
- cigars (8.5 vs. 2.0 percent),
- smokeless tobacco (6.7 vs. 0.4 percent), and
- pipe tobacco (1.6 vs. 0.4 percent).
- The rate of any tobacco use among males aged 12 or older declined from 37.0 percent in 2002 to 33.0 percent in 2012.
- The rate of any tobacco use for females aged 12 or older also declined from 24.3 percent in 2002 to 20.9 percent in 2012.
- Rates of any tobacco use were similar between 2011 and 2012 for both males and females.
- Among youths aged 12 to 17, the rates of current cigarette smoking in 2012 were similar for males (6.8 percent) and females (6.3 percent) (Figure 4.4). These rates in 2012 were lower than the corresponding rates in 2011 (8.2 percent for males and 7.3 percent for females). From 2002 to 2012, the rate of current cigarette smoking among youths decreased for both males (from 12.3 to 6.8 percent) and females (from 13.6 to 6.3 percent).