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Teen smoking continues to drop

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The rate of smoking among Montana teens has decreased over the past 10 years.

Since 2000, teen smoking has dropped from 27 percent to 16 percent. This compares to the national average of 19 percent, but in Lewis and Clark County teen smoking is at 18 percent.

Gail Beckner, tobacco use prevention specialist for the Lewis and Clark County Health Department, says marketing of tobacco products to teens is more frequent at places they visit. She says despite a leveling off in the rate of teen smoking, programs are still active to provide awareness.

Beckner said, "We do a lot of work with our peer mentors in the schools teaching them about tobacco prevention issues, advocacy and talking to them about tobacco industry and tobacco industry marketing."

Beckner says the Lewis and Clark County Health Department partners with youth connections to help teach prevention workshops.


Story by Drew Steele, Beartooth NBC.
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