Another piece of great news is that the smoking rates among young people have been declining steadily over the years as well.
Although there is one disturbing trend in this area that may play a role in these numbers climbing again if we’re not careful.
More and more young people have begun vaping.
The use of e-cigarettes is climbing at alarming rates among teenagers.
This is in large part because of the expectation that they are less harmful than cigarettes.
The problem is that the results so far have been mixed, and more research needs to be done to prove conclusively one way or another how much the risk is reduced… if at all.
In the meantime, we need to focus on keeping policies and education poised to continue saving lives.