Survey Says Fla. Teen Smoking is Dropping

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A new survey of high school students shows that smoking among Florida teens is dropping.

The Department of Health reported this week that 10 percent of high school students surveyed said they were smoking cigarettes -- which is at least one cigarette in the last 30 days. That's a drop of 23 percent since 2010.

The 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey also showed a drop in the number of high school students who reported smoking cigars and using smokeless tobacco.

Eleven percent of students said they smoked cigars, while nearly 6 percent reported using smokeless tobacco.

Florida two years ago re-launched an aggressive campaign to warn people about smoking. State voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment that requires the state to spend money on programs designed to stop smoking.

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