Teen Smoking Rates Plummet!
According to the CDC, the 1973 hit by Brownsville Station, and later reprised by Mötley Crüe (1985), today expresses only a nostalgic rebellion that is, by current measures, ‘so last century’. Today, teenage smoking is down a full 22 percent! In a press release from June 12, the government wellness watchdog applauds; “Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991.” Wow! This number reflects a teen smoking rate of only 15.7 percent, exceeding the Healthy People 2020 goal of 16 percent or less! But lest we get too excited the article goes on to lament; “Despite this progress, reducing overall tobacco use remains a significant challenge. For example, other national surveys show increases in hookah and e-cigarette use.” Perhaps the next rebellious Top 40 hit will be entitled “Vaping On The Jet Plane”?