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New report shows Hawaii students smoking less

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A new study released by the Hawaii State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program shows that Hawaii students are smoking less.

Results revealed that fewer young people report experimenting with cigarettes, with the proportions ever trying cigarettes plummeting from 38.4% in 2000 to 14.7% in 2007 among middle school students and from 63.3% in 2000 to 38.3% in 2007 among high school students.

Fewer young people report being current smokers. Only 9.7% of high school students reporting current smoking, down from 24.5% in 2000 and 4.2% of middle school students reporting current smoking, down from 12.9% in 2000.

Fewer young people report being exposed to secondhand smoke, with only about one-third of middle school students reporting being exposed to SHS in a room in the past week down from 53.7% in 2000 and 45.5% of high school students reporting SHS exposure, down from 68% in 2000.

The survey is conducted every two years to public school students in grades 6 through 12.

"I'm very proud that more of our Hawaii's youth are making the right decision not to smoke," said Lt. Governor James Aiona.  "The data demonstrates that the work of our statewide network of tobacco prevention and control partners is making a positive difference."

While the YTS results are positive, the DOH says there is still concern that younger people who smoke are reporting more diverse ways to obtain cigarettes, including using the Internet.

The DOH says parents need to be watchful of their children's online activities.

 

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