Youth Smoking Rates Down

Less cigarette smoking, soda drinking and physical fighting, but more time at computers and other tech devices. That’s the snapshot from the new C-D-C National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The government goal of reducing teen smoking nationally to less than 16 percent has been met, but C-D-C Director Tom Frieden says it comes with a rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, smoking pens and electronic hookahs. Other teen-risk concerns include Condom use-becoming less common, and most teens are not eating a balanced diet. While most young people are spending fewer hours watching television, they’ve replaced most of that time with time spent before a computer beyond school reasons.