Smoking continues to decline in young people (infographic)

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Less than 10 percent of kids in 8th, 10th and 12th grades combined say they’ve smoked cigarettes in the past month. That’s the first time the number has been that low since researchers started tracking it.

The findings come from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, which included 41,675 students in 389 public and private schools. The MTF survey has been conducted every year since 1975.

In 2013, the number of kids who reported smoking in the past 30 days dropped to 9.6 percent, down from 10.6 percent in 2012 and from 28.3 percent in 1996 and 1997.

“While the improvements in the smoking numbers for just this one year are important, of course, the longer term declines are much more so,” said Lloyd D. Johnston, PhD, the principal investigator of the MTF survey. “Since teen smoking reached a peak around 1996-1997, the rates of current (past 30-day) smoking have fallen nearly 80 percent among 8th-graders, 70 percent among 10th-graders and over 50 percent among 12th-graders.”

To find out more about trends in cigarette smoking, take a look at the infographic below:


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