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Decline in U.S. Teen Smoking Rate Stalls
Date:7/9/2010

What's needed is the political will to do so."

Dr. Norman H. Edelman, chief medical officer at the American Lung Association, added that "the rise in smoking by this group in the mid to late '90s is disturbing. The subsequent decline is encouraging, but the most recent slowing of the rate of decline reminds us that we must be ever alert to the many modalities which can and must be used in smoking prevention efforts.

"Reduction in smoking by school-age children should yield large payoffs in control of future smoking-related diseases," he said.

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For more on teens and smoking, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Terry F. Pechacek, Ph.D., associate director for science, Office on Smoking and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; July 9, 2010, news release, Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer at the American Lung Association, and professor, Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, Stony Brook University, New York; July 9, 2010, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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