Vice Squad
Thursday, March 31, 2005
Kid Smoking Rate in US Stays Steady

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today (though dated tomorrow) that between 2002 and 2004, rates of tobacco use by US kids showed no statistically significant changes. Here's an excerpt from an Associated Press report:
More than one out of five high school students (22.3 percent) and one out of 12 middle school students (8.1 percent) say they are currently using cigarettes, according to a national survey of 31,774 students conducted last year by the CDC.

When including the use of any form of tobacco, the rates climbed to 28 percent among high schoolers and 11.7 percent among middle schoolers.

Those rates were statistically the same in a similar survey conducted in 2002, the CDC said.
In Washington state, however, kids are cutting back on tobacco on marijuana, though more are drinking.

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