Substance Abuse

Teen Smoking and Drug Use Rates At An All-Time Low

Researchers from the National Institute of Drug Abuse released some favorable results of their survey regarding teen smoking and drug use. Compared to figures from last year, there has been a significant decrease in smoking among 8th graders to 10th graders.

The decline in the number of drug users from the mentioned age group may also be brought about the decline of cigarette smoking. It is very likely that individuals who smoke also tend to do drugs and alcohol. According to researchers, it is hard to pinpoint what really caused the decline, but this is already good news by itself.

For the past months, a lot of reports have linked illicit drug use with numerous deaths. Fortunately, there has been a huge difference in the number of users from the same age group from 40 years ago. The use of drugs has declined among teens, which should be a good sign that the youth of today are becoming more cautious with their way of life.

In addition, there is a significant decline in prescription drug abuse as well as marijuana use, which continues to plague a lot of people in the U.S. and all around the world.

Here are some more results from the survey, as reported in a news release:

  • Only 1.8% among high school seniors smoke a half pack of cigarette compared to 11% from 1991.
  • The use of e-cigarettes among high school seniors has dropped from 16% last year to 12% this year.
  • Teens are getting more sober than ever, having the lowest level at 37.3% among 12th graders compared from a high of 53.2% back in 2001.

One theory for this may be brought about by the proliferation of online games that have kept children busy. Jonathan Caulkins, a drug policy researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said that relationships between teenagers and their parents may have become better compared to relationships from the past generations.


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