American Teens Smoke Less

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A survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in the USA fewer teens are having sex, fighting and using cigarettes, however, a great number of high school students are texting while driving. In 2013, 15.7% of teens told they are smoking cigarettes and this is the lowest rate recorded since 1991 when the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey began.

More than 40% of students who had driven a car in the past 30 days told they sent text messages while driving, putting themselves and others on roadways at risk. It was for the first time when there was gathered data on emailing and texting while driving.

Health officials tare happy about he reduction in teen smoking and worried about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes. CDC Director Tom Frieden told that also they are worried about glamourizing smoking regular cigarettes. It is necessary to adopt more severe anti-smoking law in order to protect all non-smokers.

According to 1991 data, 27.5% of high school students smoked discount cigarettes. Data of 1997 shows an increase to 36.4% before beginning a steady decline. In 2011, 18.1% of teens reported smoking.

Smokeless tobacco use among students increased from 7.7% in 2011 to 8.8% in 2013.   Survey data made anti-smoking activists demand from authorities to prohibit the marketing of all tobacco products to kids.  Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said that the results of survey demonstrate that it is possible to reduce smoking rates among youth but still a lot need to be done.

The survey also revealed a slight reduction in teen sex from  47.4% in 2011 to 46.8% in 2013, and a big drop in fighting from 32.8% in 2011 to 24.7% in 2013.

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