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Why smoking among teens has reached historic lows

Kids are increasingly saying “no” to cigarettes and tobacco, a new surveys shows, after a series of related public health campaigns have worked to target youth.

Only 8% of teens who participated in the “National Youth Tobacco Survey” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days, down from 9.3% in 2015 and from 13.4% in 2013. This is a historic low according to Robin Koval, chief executive officer and president of anti-tobacco non-profit Truth Initiative, and is due in large part to their campaigns and efforts of similar groups to educate teens about risks.

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