ATLANTA, Aug. 26 (UPI) — Smoking and experimenting with smoking cigarettes has declined in U.S. middle-school and high-schools students, federal health officials say.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Thursday, says an analysis of the National Youth Tobacco Survey from 2000 to 2009 finds no significant declines in tobacco used from 2006 to 2009.
“This lack of significant change indicates that the current rate of decline in tobacco use is relatively slow,” the report says.
“The report also indicates that overall, the percentage of middle- and high-school students who have never tried cigarettes but are open to trying described as ‘susceptibility’ has not changed.”
CDC health officials say further smoking reduction involves restrictions on advertising, promotion and availability of tobacco products to youth as well as restricting smoking in public places and tobacco product price increases, which often puts smoking out of reach of teenagers.
Eighty percent of U.S. adult smokers begin before the age of 18, the report says.
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