Teen Cigarette Use Falls but Marijuana use Rises, According to new CDC Report

No Smoking SignTeen cigarette and cigar smoking rates have dropped dramatically, from 20.5% in 2007 to about 7% in 2013, a 64% decrease.

However, marijuana use among teens has risen from 4% to 10% during that same time, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “tobacco prevention and control strategies, including increasing tobacco product prices, adopting comprehensive smoke-free laws, and implementing national public education media campaigns, have influenced the reduction in youth cigarette smoking.”

“The nation’s remarkable progress in reducing youth smoking since 1997 is great news, but the battle is far from over,” Vince Willmore, vice president for communications at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told HealthDay.com. “This study reminds us that we know exactly what to do to further reduce smoking: increase tobacco taxes, enact smoke-free laws, fund effective prevention programs and implement hard-hitting mass media campaigns. These proven strategies must be continued and strengthened.”