Teen Smoking Rate Down by 64%, CDC Study Finds
The percentage of U.S. teenagers who smoke has dropped 64% in recent years, while marijuana use among the group has doubled, according to a study published Friday in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The study found that from 1997 to 2013, the percentage of teenagers who smoked cigarettes or cigars fell from 20.5% to slightly more than 7%, while rates of teen marijuana use increased from 4% to 10%. Further, the study found that marijuana use among teens who smoked cigarettes or cigars increased from 51% to 62%.
- "Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes, But Twice as Many Using Pot: CDC" (Reinberg, U.S. News & World Report, 10/15).