Alaska Officials Say Smoking Down Among Teens

Alaska health officials say smoking among high school students across the state has significantly declined in recent years.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Alaska health officials say smoking among high school students across the state has significantly declined in recent years.


A spring survey found 40 percent fewer students are smoking today compared to use six years ago - 10.6 percent this year from 17.8 percent in 2007. The survey looked at nearly 1,250 students from 43 high schools that were randomly selected. The data was released Monday.


The Alaska survey also showed Alaska Native teens continue to have a rate of smoking more than twice as high as the non-Natives.


The survey shows among all students there was a decrease in alcohol and marijuana use.


The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is conducted in U.S. schools every two years.