Teen smoking continues to decline in 2013

Posted: 12/19/2013

From University of Michigan:

Smoking among teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 continued to decline in 2013 -a positive trend since most smokers begin their habit in adolescence - according to the latest survey results from the nationwide Monitoring the Future study.

Based on annual surveys of 40,000 to 50,000 students in about 400 secondary schools, the researchers found that the percentage of students saying that they smoked at all in the prior 30 days fell for the three grades combined, from 10.6 percent to 9.6 percent -a statistically significant drop.

"This year's decline means that the number of youngsters actively smoking has dropped by almost one-tenth over just the past year, and it follows a decline of about the same magnitude last year," said Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study. "Since the peak year in 1997, the proportion of students currently smoking has dropped by two thirds - an extremely important development for the health and longevity of this generation of Americans." Read more.