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Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2002

November 14, 2003 / Vol. 52 / No. 45


The Friday, November 14, 2003, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a study titled "Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2002." The report reveals cigarette, cigar, bidi, and kretek Smoking and Tobacco Use overall decreased from 2000 to 2002 among students in high school (i.e., grades 9–12), continuing a downward national trend since 1997. Among middle school students from 2000 to 2002, there was no significant decline in overall tobacco use or for use of any individual tobacco product. This lack of progress is a cause for concern and suggests that health officials might need to improve implementation of proven anti–smoking strategies as well as develop new strategies to promote the continued declines in youth smoking.

 
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