Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CDC - National Youth Smoking Rate No Longer Declining

HealthDay News Reports: The number of teens smoking in the United States is no longer decreasing as it had for the last decade. According to a new US government study, increased tobacco prevention efforts are necessary to begin bringing these numbers down again. The CDC found the rates of teens smoking nationwide was not significantly different in 2009 than it was in 2006.

"The researchers said tobacco use remains the single leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States and that more than 80 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before age 18," reported HealthDay News.

In order to reduce smoking and the use of other tobacco products in teens, the study authors said, there must be restrictions on advertising and promotion of these products to young people, as well as have smoke-free air laws around the nation and increase the prices of these products.

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