Friday, August 6, 2010

Youth Smoking Rates Fall

Great news from the 2010 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)!

Smoking rates among high school and middle school teens are down significantly! In 2010, 15 percent fewer high-schoolers are lighting up than in 2008 and the number of middle school smokers fell by nine percent. This means literally thousands of teens will be prevented from walking down the road to a lifetime of addiction and thousands of lives will be saved from premature death. The lower rates are evidence the cigarette tax is working, but these gains will be lost if tobacco control efforts aren't maintained.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services press release on YTS

WKBT-TV coverage of YTS

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