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Recent studies have indicated that the users of bath salts are male and female and that they range in age from teenagers to being adults in their 40's; the common denominator appeared to be that most of the users appeared to have an extensive substance abuse history.
Teens aged 12 to 17 who believed their parents would strongly disapprove of their using a particular substance were less likely to use that substance than were teens who believed their parents would somewhat disapprove or neither approve nor disapprove. For example, in 2006, past month cigarette use was reported by 7.4 percent of teens who perceived strong parental disapproval of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day compared with 42.1 percent of teens who believed their parents would not strongly disapprove. Current marijuana use also was much less prevalent among teens who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana or hashish once or twice than among those who did not (4.6 vs. 26.5 percent, respectively).
The rate of past month cigarette use among 12 to 17 year olds declined from 13.0 percent in 2002 to 10.8 percent in 2005. Cigar use in the past month declined to 4.2 percent of teens in 2005 from the 2004 estimate of 4.8 percent. Past month smokeless tobacco use was reported by 2.1 percent of teens in 2005, similar to estimates since 2002.
In 2008, current use of a tobacco product among persons aged 12 or older was reported by a higher percentage of boys (34.5 percent) than girls (22.5 percent). Boys also had higher rates of past month use than girls of each specific tobacco product: cigarettes (26.3 percent of boys vs. 21.7 percent of girls), cigars (9.0 vs. 1.7 percent), smokeless tobacco (6.8 vs. 0.4 percent), and pipe tobacco (1.2 vs. 0.3 percent).
The number of recent new users of methamphetamine taken nonmedically among persons aged 12 or older was 192,000 in 2005. Between 2002 and 2004, the number of methamphetamine initiates remained steady at around 300,000 per year, but there was a decline from 2004 (318,000 initiates) to 2005. The average age of new methamphetamine users aged 12 to 49 was 18.9 years in 2002, 20.4 years in 2003, 20.6 years in 2004, and 18.6 years in 2005.
From 2002 to 2007, there was an increase among young adults aged 18 to 25 in the rate of current use of prescription pain relievers, from 4.1 to 4.6 percent. There were decreases in the use of hallucinogens (from 1.9 to 1.5 percent), Ecstasy (from 1.1 to 0.7 percent), and methamphetamine (from 0.6 to 0.4 percent).