New Data Shows Youth Smoking Rate at All-Time Low in New York State

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Some new data shows the number of high school kids who smoke has fallen to an all-time low in New York.

The state Department of Health says fewer than 3 % of people in that age group now smoke cigarettes. That's a significant drop from 2000 when the youth smoking rate was just over 27 %. Since then, the state has taken several steps to limit tobacco use among young people including banning the sale of tobacco in pharmacies and increasing the minimum age to legally buy tobacco and vaping products.

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