July 20, 2014

Less Boozing, More Car Texting

1 US Teen Health Trends: Good News, Bad News

The new CDC report on U.S. teen behavior, issued every two years beginning in 1991, reflects both healthy and unhealthy trends. Cigarette smoking is down, from over 27 percent originally to under 16 percent now, but marijuana smoking has replaced it, up from 15 percent then to 23 percent today. Most other forms of drug use are down, as are the number of teen alcohol drinkers, now at 35 percent. But far too many teens, 41 percent, continue to text or email while driving, although more teens now use seat belts and bicycle helmets. Unfortunately, the number who spend more than three hours a day glued to a computer, game console, smartphone or other screen has spiked from 31 to 41 percent just since 2011. Overall, the CDC rates teen behavior healthier than it was 20 years ago.

More at Twincities.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Top Health Concern: No Exercise for Kids

Tags: Teenage Behavior, Teenage Health, US Teen Health Statistics, CDC Report on US Teenagers, Teen Behavior Trends

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