August 5, 2013
A newly released report shows that cigarette smoking has dropped to its lowest point ever among eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors. Only 5% of high school sophomores had claimed to smoke in the last 30 days, compared to 18% when the survey was conducted in the 1990s. U.S. children are also exposed to less second-hand smoke, according to the survey. These decreases are attributed to tobacco prevention programs, tobacco taxes and laws restricting where people can smoke, according to Danny McGoldrick, vice president of the research for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Other decreases include teen pregnancies and the number or reported binge drinking episodes in the previous two weeks.
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