LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - More Kentucky teenagers are saying no to
A report released by the state Monday says cigarette smoking
among high school students dropped below 25 percent this year.
That's down from 37 percent six years ago.
Officials say a rise in the cigarette tax and state efforts to
promote healthier lifestyles have helped turn teens away from
Governor Fletcher said he was encouraged by the news and is glad
the state appears to be moving in the right direction.
Despite the good news, the state is still lagging behind other
states when it comes to teen smoking. According to a 2004 survey,
Kentucky still had the highest rate of teen smoking in the nation.
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