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MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Risky behaviors remain common among U.S. teens, a new government survey shows.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that many teens don't use condoms when they have sex, about one-third vape or use alcohol, and many text while driving and don't wear a seat belt, CNN reported.
The survey also found that 32.7% of teens said they vaped in 2019, compared with 13.2% in 2017. In the new survey, 6% of teens said they smoked tobacco cigarettes; nearly 6% said they smoked cigars, and about 4% said they used smokeless tobacco, CNN reported.
More than 1 in 5 teens said they used marijuana, just over 7% said they abused prescription opioids, and 1 in 7 said they'd misused a prescription opioid at least once in their lifetime, CNN reported.
The survey also found that 43% of high school students said they didn't always wear a seat belt when they were in the car when someone else was driving, nearly 17% had been in a car with a driver who'd been drinking in the 30 days prior to the survey, and 5.4% of the 60% who drove in that past month said they had a drink before they got behind the wheel.
Nearly 40% of the teens said they'd emailed or texted while driving in the 30 days before the survey, CNN reported.
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