There was a time when if a person didn’t smoke, they were the outcast and the rebel because smoking was considered cool and even healthy. Since the 1990s, the appeal of smoking began its decline, although many were still addicted since they began smoking as teens or young adults.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a ‘90s survey confirmed that 18 percent of high school sophomore students smoked cigarettes daily within a period of 30 days. But a recent report shows a different story for today’s teen. The survey, which was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, found that only a slim 5 percent of teens still light up regularly — the lowest numbers ever in the survey since it was started!
The report also found that the percentage of children and teens who are exposed to secondhand smoke has decreased significantly. “The percentage of nonsmoking kids ages 4 to 11 whose blood had a detectable level of cotinine, a breakdown product of nicotine, fell from 53% to 42% from 2007-08 to 2009-10,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Despite such a major success, Danny McGoldrick, vice president for research for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is determined to make more progress. He says, “We need to invest in more of what has worked in the past to accelerate these declines.”
Source: Los Angeles Times