Link Between Cigarettes and Illicit Drugs
The rate of past month illicit drug use among both adults and youths was higher among
those that were currently using cigarettes or alcohol, compared with adults and youths
not using cigarettes or alcohol. In 2000, 4.6 percent of nonsmokers aged 12 to 17 years
used illicit drugs, while among youths who used cigarettes, the rate of past month
illicit drug use was 42.7 percent.
Link Between Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
The rate of illicit drug use was also associated
with the level of alcohol use. Among youths who were heavy drinkers in 2000, 65.5
percent were also current illicit drug users. Among nondrinkers, only 4.2 percent
were current illicit drug users (SAMHSA 2000).