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Teen Smoking, Drinking Hits Lowest Level Since 1970s
Cigarette andِ alcohol useِ among eighth-, 10th- andِ 12th-graders isِ atِ the lowest point sinceِ the 1970s, according toِ a newِ survey.
However, researchers alsoِ found continued high rates ofِ teen useِ ofِ illegal drugs, suchِ asِ marijuana, andِ prescription drugs.
The survey, conducted annually sinceِ 1975 byِ researchers atِ the University ofِ Michigan, showed thatِ 18.7 percent ofِ 12th-graders reported smoking cigarettes withinِ theِ pastِ month, compared withِ a recentِ peak rate ofِ 36.5 percent inِ 1997.