Cigarette and alcohol use among teens – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders is showing good signs.
Volkow: The most positive news has to do with the very low rates of smoking that we are seeing among teenagers when compared with the prior years.
Narrator: Dr. Nora Volkow is an institute director at the NIH. She says that cigarette use among teens is at its lowest since the survey started in 1975.
Volkow: This really illustrates how prevention campaigns can have a big, big impact in terms of one of the behaviors that constitutes a serious public health problem.
Narrator: Research shows that smoking in adolescence significantly increases risk of becoming addicted to nicotine. For details, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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