SMOKING amongst American teenagers has decreased significantly according to the country's 2002 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Last year, 28.4 per cent of teenagers aged 12-17 years old, reported current use of any tobacco product compared to 34.5 per cent in 2000. The survey also found that girls and boys are equally likely to smoke, with white students smoking more than African American, Hispanic or Asian students. A total of 246 schools participated in the survey, which yielded 26,149 completed responses.

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