In 2006, 21 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported the use of alcohol in the past month. A higher percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native children reported use of alcohol in the past month compared to the percentage reported by Black (11 percent) and Asian (8 percent) children.
A higher percentage of American Indians/Alaska Natives between the ages of 12 and 17 smoked cigarettes in the past month (21 percent), compared to their White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian peers (12 percent, 6 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively). Among 12- to 17-year olds, a higher percentage of American Indians/Alaska Natives (11 percent) than Hispanics (6 percent) and Asians (3 percent) had used marijuana in the past month.
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