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“It was not a sharp increase, but noticeable after a couple of years of being totally flat.” The voluntary survey, completed by 169,000 students in the 85 percent of public school districts that participated, will help public health and school officials throughout the state craft targeted health improvement campaigns.
The new data are valuable because they show teens that smoking, drinking and sex are not widespread among their peers, health officials said.
While the trends are generally positive, disparities still exist for students of color, students living in poverty, American Indian and gay, lesbian or bisexual students.
And in a sign that “vaping” is catching on, twice as many 11th-graders admitting to using e-cigarettes as those who lit up a traditional cigarette.
There also was a slight uptick overall in the number of students considered obese.
“That is not the direction that we want to see things going,” said Pete Rode, a Health Department research scientist.
“Youth tobacco use is a harbinger of long-term good health,” said Laura Oliven, tobacco control manager for the Health Department.
Smoking among Minnesota teenagers has dropped to an all-time low, and other risky behaviors such as sexual activity and marijuana use are continuing a steady long-term decline, according to the latest Minnesota Student Survey.Smoking among Minnesota teenagers has dropped to an all-time low, and other risky behaviors such as sexual activity and marijuana use are continuing a steady long-term decline.