Smoking continues to fall among US teensBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7456.12-b (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:12
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
The percentage of US teenagers who smoke fell to 22% in 2003—the lowest level since records began in 1991, a new survey shows (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2004;53:499-502). Experts are attributing the findings to the rising cost of cigarettes.
At about $4 (£2.20; €3.30) for a pack of cigarettes, teenagers would rather spend their money on new clothes, a movie, or eating out. High school students are also becoming more conscientious about their health and less intrigued by lighting up, finds the …