Since there have been cigarettes, teens have smoked. If you are under 20, do you smoke? If so, why?
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How Many Teens Use It?
The good news is that smoking is at historically low
levels among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, according to NIDA's Monitoring the
Future study. In 2011, rates for smoking in the past month were reported as 18.7
percent for 12th graders, 11.8 percent for 10th graders, and 6.1 percent for 8th
Use of smokeless tobacco had been showing a decline over the past
decade -- until 2009, when use began to rise. According to the study, in 2011
current use of smokeless tobacco among 8th graders was 3.5 percent and 6.6
percent among 10th graders. Among 12th graders, 8.3 percent reported using
smokeless tobacco in the last month, a number not seen since the late 1990s.