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Fewer teens smoked cigarettes in 2011

Posted On Fri, June 15, 2012

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that American high schools have halved smoking rates since 1997 - the highest point in history.

In total, 2011 witnessed a smoking rate of 18.1 percent, the report explained. This is down from 1997's figure of 36.4 percent, as well as 19.5 percent during 2009. From 1991 to 1997, the level of teens smoking increased markedly. Much of the declines were credited to increased legislation and awareness of the dangers smoking has, and many people have reacted to this by not picking up the habit.

However, smoking declines became smaller in the past few years, the report noted. From 1997 to 2003, the number of high school students who smoked fell by 40 percent. But from 2003 to 2011, the figure declined by only 17 percent.

The report added that of the amount of male students who do smoke, 17.8 percent use cigars, while another 12.8 percent use smokeless tobacco options. In addition, more than 23 percent of high school students used tobacco during the past month. Approximately 400,000 Americans are killed by tobacco-related illnesses annually. These illnesses cost the healthcare industry approximately $100 billion every year.

No matter a person's age, those who want to quit smoking may want to ask for advice from their physician. If they do not have a doctor, or their current healthcare policy is not as strong as they would like, it could benefit them to find a better option. There are many sufficient plans that have low health insurance rates. Selecting one that fits a person's need could allow them to better get the help they need.

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