According to a new report by SAMHSA, cigarette use among U.S. teenagers has declined between 2002 and 2010 in 41 states. Across the country, teenage cigarette use decreased from 12.6 percent to 8.7 percent, according to UPI.
SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, although happy about the progress made with decreasing teen cigarette use, says, “About one in 10 adolescents smoked cigarettes in the past month.” Hyde adds, “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.”
According to the report, Wyoming had the highest smoking rate among teens – 13.5 percent, which is more than double the rate in Utah (5.9 percent).
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