Teen smoking decline slows according to new Surgeon General report
The Surgeon General says she is "shocked" by a new report on teen tobacco use.
It is the first report on teen tobacco use from the U. S. Surgeon General since 1994. It shows the rate of teen tobacco use continues to drop, but the rate it is dropping has slowed from earlier decades.
One in four high school seniors report using tobacco products.
More than 80 percent of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 18. More than 1,000 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette in the United States.
The report suggests tobacco prevention efforts should focus on young people so that the next generation of Americans can be tobacco-free.