New State-by-State Report Shows a Significant Decrease in Adolescent Smoking During Past Decade

According to SAMHSA, cigarette smoking has decreased significantly among 12- to 17-year old teenagers from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states. However, “adolescent perception of risk from cigarette smoking has remained unchanged in most states.”

Although nationwide use of cigarette smoking among adolescents has decreased, there are significant difference among states. For example, the nation’s highest rate of adolescent cigarette use was found in the state of Wyoming with 13.5 percent. That’s more than double the rate of the lowest percentage of adolescent cigarette usage, which can be found in Utah (5.9 percent).

The findings are based off of SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports from 2002-2003 and 2009-2010.

To read the full report, click here.

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