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Smoking among Hawaii high school students reaches new low

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 11:19 a.m. HST, Jun 4, 2012

The number of Hawaii youth who report that they smoke has fallen to new lows, survey results released today show.


According to the 2011 Hawaii school Health Survey, some 8.7 percent of public high school students polled said they had smoked in the last 30 days, down from 24.5 percent in 2000 and 11.3 percent in 2009.


Smoking was also down among middle school students: 3.6 percent said they had smoked in the previous 30 days, from 5.3 percent in 2003 and 4.5 percent in 2009.


"These data demonstrate that a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program has made a positive difference for Hawaii's youth," said DOE Director Loretta Fuddy. 


The department also noted that the survey, for the first time, asked students about alternate tobacco products. Some 12.8 percent of high schoolers said they had tried hookah, while 5.1 percent had tried e-cigarettes.


The full survey is available at the DOH website

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