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Teen Smoking Rate Reaches All-Time Low
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on June 14, 2014 @ 7:58PM
Created on June 14, 2014 @ 5:37PM

Good news out of the health world to tell you about; a recent study shows the smoking rate among teenagers has reached a landmark low.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 35% of teens were smoking cigarettes in 1997. That's dropped to a never before seen low, to just 16%, and health officials think its because teens are taking their health a little more seriously.

Even better news, that means our nation has already met the federal government's goal of getting teen smoking below 16% by 2020.

5 News talked to a few teens in our area who said they don't see the results because they still knows people who smoke at their school.

"There's a bunch of people that do, but I think it's gone down some. I just think if someone stops, everyone else will stop, too," said Mariah, a teenager from Clarksburg.

The CDC study showed that kids are drinking less too. one woman said she thinks kids not only need to quit smoking, but wipe all the other drugs off the streets as well.

"Smoking isn't good for anyone, including kids. I think the drug unit here does a great job of eliminating drugs across the county, especially for kids because it's bad for everyone," said Nancy Tucker, of Clarksburg.

Other improvements include teens that are drinking soda, which is 27% now, down from 41% back in 2007.


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