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Youth smoking hits an all-time low in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State health officials report a 26% drop in high school smoking and a 36% drop in middle school smoking since 2010. 

The results are according to the 2012 Wisconsin youth Tobacco Survey (YTS).  The survey is conducted by a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Dr. Henry Anderson, State Health Officer, states, "Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable disease in Wisconsin, so we must continue reaching out to our children."
 
The study, conducted in the spring of 2012 in Wisconsin, included 40 high schools and 42 middle schools.  High school smoking dropped from 17.7% in 2010 to 13.1% in 2012 and middle school smoking dropped from 3.9% to 2.5% during the same time frame. 
 
The numbers reflect a significant decrease since 2000, when 32.9% of high school students and 12.2% of middle school students were regular smokers.
 
To view the YTS fact sheets, visit: www.dhs.wi.gov/tobacco
 
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