BALTIMORE - Smoking rates among American teens and young adults fell between 2004 and 2010.
The rate of cigarette use among U.S. teens dropped. It decreased from nearly 12 percent in 2004 to about 8 percent in 2010, and dropped from nearly 40 percent to about 34 percent among young adults. The study comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
The percentage of daily smokers among teens fell from just over 3 percent to under 2 percent, and decreased from about 20 percent to nearly 16 percent among young adults. Meanwhile, many seemed to be cutting back on how much they smoked, with the percentage of young adults who smoked five or fewer cigarettes per day rising from about 24 percent to 28 percent.
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