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Smoking continues to fall among US teens

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:12
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. 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 …

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