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Minnesota Teen Tobacco Use Declining

Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at 6:22 am

The amount of teens lighting up in Minnesota is on the decline. The state Department of Health finds a in a survey released Wednesday that 12,000 fewer high school and middle school students are using tobacco than in 2005. However, There are still 85,000 students that do use tobacco.

Chronic Disease Epidemiologist with MDH, Dr. Jane Korn, says that Minnesota’s Freedom to Breathe Act is discouraging tobacco use among young people.

The percentage of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days is down to 19.1 percent compared to 22.4 percent 3 years ago and the amount of high schoolers who have used any tobacco product is down over two-percent from 2005 to 27-percent.

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