Smoking among Black Teen Females Drops

(Chicago, IL) — Cigarette smoking is continuing to decline among teens, particularly among African-American teen girls, according to new research.

Pharoh Martin of the Chicago Defender reports:

The overall teen smoking rate has declined in the two decades since 1991. But, over the last seven years, the decline has slowed for all teens except African-American females who are leading the way for smoking cessation, according to a recent report released by the CDC.

“The African-American female is the leading success story, and have been for some years now,” said Dr. Terry Pechacek, associate director for science at CDC’s office on smoking and health.

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“The decline in smoking among youth will pay huge health care benefits in the future for Illinois,” said Sara Moscato Howe, CEO of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.