Smoking among Hawaii teens declines

Smoking among Hawaii teens declines

HONOLULU (AP) - A new federal health study finds that fewer Hawaii teens are smoking cigarettes.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Wednesday that 5.4 percent of teenagers said they smoked a cigarette in the past month in 2012 and 2013.

But ten years ago more teens were smoking, with 8.7 percent of 12 to 17-year olds reporting that they smoked a cigarette.

Health officials are hoping that a bill to make Hawaii the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21 would further cut cigarette use.

But some worry that youth are getting bombarded with mixed messages about electronic cigarettes.

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