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CDC Study: Fewer High School Students Smoking

Thu Jun 17, 2004 02:35 PM ET

By Paul Simao
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Smoking rates among U.S. high school students sank to their lowest levels in at least 13 years, according to a study released on Thursday, bolstering hopes the nation is recovering from an epidemic of teen cigarette use.

Higher prices for cigarettes and a wave of youth-oriented anti-tobacco programs in schools and the media were cited by health officials as the main factors behind the sharp decreases in smoking among students in grades 9 to 12.

About 22 percent admitted in 2003 to being current smokers, or those who had smoked at least once in the previous month, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention