By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
March 08, 2012

One in five high school students smokes, and 9 out of 10 current smokers started the habit before age 18, a new report from the U.S. surgeon general's office has found.  The report has led Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin to declare that youth smoking has reached epidemic proportions.

The report criticizes the tobacco industry for spending an estimated $27 million each day marketing to teens, and calls for greater measures to prevent teens from starting a dangerous habit that will likely last their whole lives.

Image: Smoking cigarette, via Shutterstock.


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