The American Legacy Foundation says that smoking by high-school students has fallen 18 percent since 2000, adding that antismoking ads deserve some of the credit, the Washington Post reported recently. The National Youth Tobacco Survey also said smoking among middle-school students dropped 5.4 percent.
The survey, conducted with the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, queried more than 16,000 high-school and middle-school students in 27 states. Researchers found that 23.8 percent of high-school students smoked, down from 29 percent in 2000. Among middle-school students, 10.6 percent had smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days, down from 11.2 percent. (www.DrugFree.org)