Teenage smokers have been declining sharply in the US in the recent years by more than 10% among the high schoolers since the 10 years, says a government study.
The rate of cigarette smoking dropped from 28 percent to 17.2 percent among high school students, between the year 2000 and 2009. Whereas, the smoking rates among middle school students more than halved to 5.2 percent from 11 percent, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly a decade ago, cigarette smoking was significantly high among the teenagers. 15.1 percent of middle school students and 34.5 percent of high school students reported some type of tobacco use in 2000, points out the report which appeared in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which is published by the CDC.
When it comes to the year 2009, there is a dramatic decline. The number of cigarette smokers have come down to 8.2 percent of middle school students and 23.9 percent of high school students. The smoking habits included tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, pipes, cigars, bidis and kreteks.
The smokers number came from 19.8 percent to 17.2 percent among high school students and from 6.3 percent to 5.2 percent among middle school students during the priod 2006 and 2009.
Even though the figures look impressive the CDC analysis says trend in the recent declines were not statistically significant.
CDC researchers recommend restrictions on advertising, promotion and availability of tobacco products to young people
to further reduce smoking and other types of tobacco use. They are also for combining these measures such as public smoking bans and increasing in the price of tobacco products.