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Survey shows decline in Hawaii teen smoking rates

HONOLULU (AP) - A new survey shows cigarette smoking rates among Hawaii youth have declined.

The state Department of Health and the Department of Education on Monday released findings from a 2011 survey showing a 64 percent reduction of the number of high school students who have smoked in the past 30 days. That figure went from 24.5 percent in 2000 to 8.7 percent last year.

There was a more than 70 percent reduction in the amount who said they smoked on 20 or more of the past 30 days. In 2000, that amount was 10.3 percent. In 2011, it was 2.9 percent.

Health Director Loretta Fuddy says the data shows Hawaii's tobacco prevention and education program has made a difference in reducing smoking rates among youth.

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