The 2010 national goal of bringing down the rate of cigarette use among U.S. teenagers to at least 16% will not be reached, the CDC said, because 20% of high school students continue to smoke. The teenage smoking rate apparently has stalled, after large drops in the number of teen smokers in the 1990s, attributed in part to complacency, with many states reducing their budgets for anti-smoking campaigns, a CDC official said.

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