Black Teen Girls Lead Peers In Quitting Smoking

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A new study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlights how teenage Black girls are leading the way in smoking cessation.

The study, which was published earlier this month, focuses on the overall decline in teen smoking since 1991. But since 2003,  amongst different ethnic and racial groups of both genders, African-American teenage girls are the only group to see their usage decline.

According to the study, the percentage of students who said they currently smoke cigarettes has dropped 17 percent since 1997 (36.4 to 19.5). The percentage of students experimenting with cigarettes also dropped sharply from 70 percent to 46.3 percent in the last 20 years. While other groups have either increased or stayed at the same levels, young African-American teenage girls have been steadily declining usage since the year 2000.

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