Utah's teen smoking rate dips to lowest level

Utah's teen smoking rate dips to lowest level

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah Department of Health report shows the state's teen smoking rate has dropped to its lowest recorded level at 5.9 percent.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah Department of Health report shows the state's teen smoking rate has dropped to its lowest recorded level at 5.9 percent.

The department's annual Tobacco Prevention and Control in Utah report says the rate has dropped more than 50 percent since 1999.

The Deseret News reports health officials attribute the decrease to a variety of factors, including higher cigarette taxes, a greater awareness of the health risks of smoking and an increase in support services for those who want to quit smoking.

The state's adult smoking rate of 11.3 percent is the lowest in the nation.

The report also shows an awareness of cessation programs is on the upswing among adult smokers.

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Information from: Deseret News

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