WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Across the board declines in past 30-day use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes & other tobacco products by young people in today's Monitoring the Future survey are evidence that winning the most significant public health battle of our time is within reach if we keep our foot on the gas and continue our efforts. Today's report and record low tobacco use number fuels our momentum and puts the finish line in plain sight. Despite the relentless efforts and deep pockets of Big Tobacco, young people aren't buying it – literally. There is one key piece of data, however, that is cause for concern. Although promising, the rate of smoking among 12th graders did not show a significant decline and was twice the rate of 10th graders suggesting that the real risk is once kids are legal or near-legal age. More work needs to be done to limit the industry's efforts to recruit this age group, such as raising the legal age of sale to 21, to ensure this is the generation to end smoking and tobacco use for good.
The University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study tracks trends in substance use among students in 12th, 10th and 8th grades. Each year the national study surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in about 400 public and private secondary schools throughout the United States.
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