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Teenage Smoking Again on the Rise

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the number of high school students who say they smoked in the past month increased from 21.9 percent in 2003 to twenty-three percent in 2005.

The increase may not be big, but the jump is breaking a steady 40 percent decline in high school smoking rates between 1997 and 2003.

The CDC cites several reasons for the rising rates, inluding states not consistently raising the cigarette tax, a decrease in state-funded anti-smoking campaigns, and an increase of smoking in movies.

Teen smoking did decline in African-American teenagers from nineteen percent in 2003 to fourteen percent in 2005.