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High Marks for Arkansas in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

ARKANSAS-- Smoking rates among Arkansas high school students have experienced a 58 percent reduction between 1997 and 2011. This translates to more than 34,000 fewer teens smoking in 2011.
ARKANSAS-- A new national report shows Arkansas ranks 7th for funding programs to keep kids from smoking and helping smokers quit.

The report is a joint effort coalition of public health organizations.

A press release outlined some things the Natural State is doing right:

•Smoking rates among Arkansas high school students have experienced a 58 percent reduction between 1997 and 2011. This translates to more than 34,000 fewer teens smoking in 2011.

•The tobacco industry spends $107.4 million a year to market their products in Arkansas. This is six times what the state spends on tobacco prevention.

The report did note that about 18 percent of Arkansas high school students still smoke while about 20% of male students use chewing tobacco. And, 2,500 Arkansas kids under 18, become new daily smokers each year according to The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.



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