Youth smoking on decline in South DakotaThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate fell from 44 percent in 1997 to 23 percent in 2009.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The rate of youth smoking fell in South Dakota over a 12-year span.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the rate fell from 44 percent in 1997 to 23 percent in 2009. Results from the 2011 survey are not due until April or May.
Jennifer Stalley with the American Cancer Society in Pierre said officials think progress is being made.
State policy has forced the issue. A 2002 law banned smoking in most public places and areas of employment. The state cigarette tax was raised in 2006. In 2010, voters upheld a law expanding the smoking ban to bars, restaurants and casinos.
Stalley says the tax hike likely is the main contributor to the drop in youth smoking, along with changing societal views.