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Slower decline in teen smoking found in rural areas

Adolescents in the rural US were 50% more likely to smoke cigarettes than their urban peers, with the rates of teen smoking in rural areas dropping by one-third between 2008-10 and 2014-16, compared with a 50% decline in urban areas during the same period, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said the findings suggest a need for anti-smoking programs that target rural norms.

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