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Study: Teen Smoking Hits Historic Low in State

Posted April 15, 2008

— The majority of teens in North Carolina have never tried smoking, according to a statewide survey.

The 2007 North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey, released Tuesday, showed historic lows in teen smoking in the state.

The study showed nearly 79 percent of middle school students and 51.1 percent of high school students have never tried smoking.

The Youth Tobacco Survey, administered by the NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch, is the definitive study of tobacco use among high school and middle school students in the state.

The study showed that since 2003, high school smoking rates have dropped from 27.3 percent to 19 percent in 2007. Middle school rates decreased from 9.3 percent in 2003 to 4.5 percent in 2007.

Since 2003, the report estimated, 34,000 fewer teens are smoking.

More than 7,500 middle and high school students from 191 schools and 74 school districts (plus one charter school) participated in the survey.


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  • ahh-fooie.... Apr 16, 2008

    It's because Al Gore has already invented the internet!

  • whatusay Apr 15, 2008

    I have heard that Perdue is trying to take credit for teens not smoking. I have three daughters that have never smoked and do not know who Perdue is.

  • joe41080 Apr 15, 2008

    I could care less if fewer kids smoke. I just want to see it banned in bars and restaurants here.

  • now Apr 15, 2008

    I find that very hard to believe.

  • Bob Sidel Apr 15, 2008

    johnston county, born and raised

  • ahh-fooie.... Apr 15, 2008

    Ole bs thats is Bob Sidel ...They'll become pagans and join the democrates!

  • enoughsenough Apr 15, 2008

    trunkmonkee1971: You must be reading my mind!

  • trunkmonkee1971 Apr 15, 2008

    The government will need to find another way to fund stuff with fewer smokers coming up through the ranks.

  • now Apr 15, 2008

    Bob Sidel, mind if I ask where you are from? Your comments throughout these forums indicates that you hate it in this area thus I am wondering what brought you here and why stay in an area you hate?

  • TheAdmiral Apr 15, 2008

    "I would have to respectfully disagree. I am neither "needy" nor "latchy" and I smoked for about 10 years. (i quit almost one year ago) My personality had nothing to do with it."

    What stopped you from quitting a year ago? You had to have the appropriate willpower to stop sucking on the white cancer stick.