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Data shows smoking and smokeless tobacco rates decreasing among Mississippi students

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According to research results, Mississippi is seeing a decrease in smoking and smokeless tobacco use among middle and high school students.

Posted: May. 17, 2018 4:47 PM
Updated: May. 17, 2018 4:56 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA/Press Release) - According to research results, Mississippi is seeing a decrease in smoking and smokeless tobacco use among middle and high school students.

The 2018 Mississippi Youth Tobacco Survey from the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University released the promising news for the state.

The data indicated the rates from 2016 to 2017.

"And while e-cigarette use has increased for high school students, it has decreased for middle school students," stated the Mississippi State Department of Health. "This is an encouraging development for a state leading the nation in preventable deaths, 5,400 a year of which are caused by tobacco use."

Mississippi high school students

· Current cigarette use fell in 2017 to 7.2 percent, compared to 9.4 percent in 2016

· Current smokeless tobacco use fell to 6.6 percent, compared to 7.1 percent in 2016

· Current e-cigarette use rose to 11.5 percent, compared to 10.3 percent in 2016

Mississippi middle school students

· Current cigarette use fell to 1.5 percent, compared to 3.8 percent in 2016

· Current smokeless tobacco use fell to 3 percent, compared to 4 percent in 2016

· Current e-cigarette use fell to 4.8 percent, compared to 5.9 percent in 2016

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