Study: Teenage Smoking Down In North Carolina

Programs designed to reduce teenage smoking in North Carolina are having an effect, based on the numbers from a new study by researchers at the medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the study by researchers shows the percentage of middle-school students who smoke dropped from 5.8 percent in 2005 to 4.5 percent in 2007. The number of high school students who smoke fell from 20.3 percent to 19 percent.

The results come from what is being called the first comprehensive independent evaluation of the state Health and Wellness Trust Fund's anti-smoking efforts.

Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue, chairwoman of the trust fund since its creation in 2001, called the study results gratifying.


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  • by Alfonzo Location: Newark,NJ on Dec 29, 2008 at 11:22 AM
    New Jersey Clean Indoor Air. Did you know a carton of cigarettes in New Jersey cost between $60.00 - $70.00 Now that would maybe get you to quit? Public Places Smoking is prohibited in almost all indoor public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars. "Indoor public place" is defined as a structurally enclosed place of business, commerce or other service-related activity, whether publicly or privately owned or operated on a for-profit or nonprofit basis, which is generally accessible to the public. Which means - No Smoking in any Government Building , Private Work Place yes no smoking at work , All Schools and outside all Schools , All Children Centers & outside , All Heath Care Facilities Hospitals ,Dr officies ,Dentists officies ect. you get the point. No smoking in any Resturant or Bar there are no smoking sections. No smoking at all. Fines $250.00 1st offense, $500.00 2nd, $1000.00 3 or more.
  • by J Location: Gville on Dec 29, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    I guess the kids have realized that it really doesnt make you look cool. It just makes your teeth yellow, your breath stink and your clothes smell like an ash tray. yeah...how cool is THAT.? Ick
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 29, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    Well, if you look for successfull results you go to Chapel Hill....this means Bev needed to show her program is working. Well, I doubt the results are "true". It is justification that the money is well spent. Of course if you would stop making it the forbidden fruit, kids wouldn't take it up.
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