Smoking among Hawaiian high school students declines 10 percent

Smoking among Hawaiian high school students declines 10 percent

Cigarette smoking among Hawaiian high school students has declined 10 percent since 2009, according to the 2019 Hawai‘i Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The biennial survey monitors health risk behaviors among public, non-charter school students.

Conversely, the number of students who have tried electronic smoking devices in the past 30 days has risen to nearly one in three.

In addition to monitoring smoking, the survey also covered dietary behaviors, physical inactivity, mental health and suicide, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy, alcohol, other drug use, and protective factors.

The survey results also revealed that the number of students drinking at least one can, bottle, or glass of soda or pop daily declined to 11 percent.

Additionally, only 17 percent of students are physically active at least 60 minutes daily while 42 percent spend three hours or more daily playing video games or using a computer for non-school purposes.

A total of 35 percent of students reported feeling sad, empty, hopeless, angry, or anxious nearly daily for two or more weeks in a row, 56 percent said they never or rarely get help, 67 percent said they had an adult outside of school they could talk to, and 11 percent attempted suicide over the past 12 months.

One in five students drank alcohol in the 30 days before the survey.