Teen tobacco use in W.Va. declines

Local - 12/2/2013 6:11 PM by Rebecca Turco
CHARLESTON - Less teenagers are using tobacco in the mountain state, according to data from a recent youth tobacco survey.

Compared to ten years ago, 124 percent more high school students reported they have never used any form of tobacco, according to the 2013 West Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Tobacco Prevention. 

There was an increase of 124 percent of high school students who reported never having tried smoking cigarettes, from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 46.1 percent in 2013. Data from the report also indicates 18.6 percent of high school students are smokers, compared to nearly 38.5 percent in 2000. 

Officials attributed much of the success in the report to Raze, a West Virginia teen-led tobacco prevention movement. 

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