After having declined for much of the last decade, the teen smoking rate has reached a plateau in the last couple of years. A new U.S. government study shows that the declines in teen smoking between 2006 and 2009 were not statistically significant – from 19.8%t to 17.2% among high school students and from 6.3 percent to 5.2 percent among middle school students. In 2000 number as many as 28% of high school students were classified as smokers.
There are now calls for increased smoking and tobacco use prevention efforts aimed at young people.
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