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Medical News and Perspectives
January 8, 2003

Miscellanea Medica

JAMA. 2003;289(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.163

Washington—The prevalence of cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to its lowest level in recent years, according to the latest edition of the long-running Monitoring the Future survey. Among 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders, the prevalence of smoking at least once in the 30 days before the survey has dropped continuously since peaking in 1996 and 1997.

From 1981 through the early 1990s, 30-day smoking prevalence remained stable among 12th graders, at around 29%. That figure began climbing in the early 1990s, reaching 38% by 1997. In 2001, in contrast, around 30% of 12th graders reported smoking in the past 30 days.

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