ROCKVILLE, MarylandThe number of people who began smoking cigars dropped
22% in 1999, according to a new analysis of data from the 2000 National
Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA). The decline came after a dramatic 208%
rise from 1990 to 1998, when nearly 5 million Americans smoked their first
According to the survey, 400,000 fewer youths (ages 12 to 17) and
another 400,000 fewer young adults (ages 18 to 25) took up cigar smoking in
1999 than in 1998. Interestingly, 18- to 20-year-olds were significantly more
likely to smoke cigars than 21- to 25-year-olds.