The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that last year only 20 percent of high school students smoked, compared to 36 percent back in 1997.
Did you hear that, Robert Pattinson? Did you??
California has the second lowest smoking rate in the country. Utah is first with only 10 percent of the population lighting up. On the other end of the spectrum, Kentucky and West Virginia are home to the highest percentage of smokers.
Despite only 20 percent of teens smoking, secondhand smoke is still a major issue for more than half of all American children. A massive 98 percent of minors who live with a smoker have toxic chemicals in their blood stream, exposing them to cancer risks, heart problems, and more.
Each year 446,000 people die in America from smoking-related diseases, yet the tobacco industry still targets young people in the hopes of hooking them for life.
CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden says cigarette companies are aiming price discounts at children to lure them to smoke, and getting creative to find sneaky ways around government bans -- such as selling flavored lozenges to avoid a block on flavored cigarettes.
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