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Monday, November 19, 2012

American Teenagers Smoking Less

Teenagers are vulnerable to the pressures and influences that they come in contact with; the chance that they will try a substance when prompted is better than not in a number of cases. Typically, cigarettes and alcohol are the first on the potentially harmful list of new things to try that teenagers come in contact with.

It is ever so crucial that we vigilantly educate adolescents on the dangers of tobacco and alcohol products - the use of them go hand in hand. Fortunately, American teenagers are smoking less, according to a new government report.

Current cigarette smoking among teenagers declined significantly between 2002 and 2010 in 41 states, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Teen cigarette use fell from 12.6 percent to 8.7 percent nationwide, UPI reports.

“Although this report shows that considerable progress has been made in lowering adolescent cigarette smoking, the sad, unacceptable fact remains that in many states about one in 10 adolescents smoked cigarettes in the past month,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “The report also shows that we must collectively redouble our efforts to better educate adolescents about the risks of tobacco, and continue to work with every state and community to promote effective tobacco use prevention and recovery programs.”

Wyoming had the highest teen smoking rate at 13.5 percent which is more than double Utah’s rate of 5.9 percent. In Texas, teenage perception of great risk from smoking a pack a day or more increased overall, from 63.7 percent to 65.4 percent.

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