Thursday, November 15, 2012

High school student smoking still common in DC

The Great American Smokeout is today, November 15.   And none too soon for young people in the District of Columbia.

While fewer high school students in the District than their peers across the country have ever smoked, 43.1% is still high.   The pattern holds for smoking before the age of 13 and smoking on school property; fewer DC high school students have done these things than other youth nationwide.   DC high school students do reverse the trend when it comes to buying their own cigarettes in a store or gas station.   Fifty percent more DC students do this than their peers across the country.

This and other information is contained in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) maintained by the CDC.   More specific information about US stats related to youth smoking is here.


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