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Friday, 09 July 2010 23:57

CDC finds unfavorable trend in teen smoking


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article, from July 9, 2010, shows that 19.5% of high school students use cigarettes. The decline in the percentage of teen smokers was found to be slowing or leveling off over recent years.


The CDC article is entitled 'Cigarette Use Among High School Students'”United States, 1991'”2009.'

The article is from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, for the week of July 9, 2010.

The report found that the decline seen recently in the percentage of teenagers that smoke tobacco products, mostly cigarettes, has now leveled off or slowed down. (It is sad that the percentage is slowing down, but at least it is still declining.)

Terry Pechacek, author of the CDC report, stated that the CDC hoped that use of cigarettes by U.S. teens would be about 16% by 2010. However, he said, "'¦ we are not going to be able to reach our 2010 objective.' [WebMD: 'Decline in Teen Smoking Rate Levels Off']

Pechacek added, ''¦ thousands of youths are developing an addiction from which one in three are going to die prematurely."

The CDC report found the leveling off or the slowing down of high school student smoking has leveled off throughout all ethnic and racial groups, and for both males and females.

Page two concludes with some of the major findings of the CDC study.



Some of the major findings of the CDC study are (from the WebMD article):

'¢    The percentage of students who reported current cigarette use increased from 27.5% in 1991 to 36.4% in 1997, declined sharply to 21.9% in 2003, after which the decline slowed to 19.5% in 2009.

'¢    The percentage of students who ever smoked cigarettes did not change from 1991 to 1999, declined from 70.4% in 1999 to 58.4% in 2003, then declined more gradually to 46.3% in 2009.

'¢    The percentage of students who reported current frequent cigarette use increased from 12.7% in 1991 to 16.8% in 1999, declined to 9.7% in 2003, and then slowed to 7.3% in 2009.

Please read the before-mentioned CDC article and the WebMD article for further information on teenager smoking habits.





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