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Tobacco Use Among Teens Declines Over Past Decade

Almost 30 percent of boys and 18 percent of girls in middle and high school used some type of tobacco last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday. The rate of teen tobacco use has been slowly declining over the past decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recently revealed new statistics regarding teen smoking habits. They found that about 30% of boys and 18% of girls in their teens used tobacco last year. These statistics show that the tobacco use rate among teens is declining steadily over the past ten years.

To support their findings, the CDC conducted a national survey of about 19,000 teenage students. Middle school age tobacco use declined by about 6% over the past decade. High school age tobacco use declined by about 12% over the past decade.

Thomas R. Friedman, Director of the CDC released the following statement about the study. “An overall decline in tobacco use is good news, but although four out of five teens don’t smoke, far too many kids start to smoke every day.”

The findings were good news for the CDC’s mission to curb adolescent smoking to prevent health problems for people later in life. However, Friedman believes that despite the good news,  far too many kids still smoke. The CDC plans more measures to fight the battle against teenage smoking.

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