- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Fewer kids in Florida are smoking cigarettes.

That’s according to new data from the Department of Health that showed Florida’s Youth Cigarette Smoking Rate is at an all-time low.

About 7.5 percent of high school students said they had smoked at least one cigarette during the past 30 days. That’s a 56 percent decrease compared to 2006.

Florida’s 2014 cigarette smoking rate among high school students was lower than the national average of 12.7 percent in 2013.

The state launched Tobacco Free Florida in 2007 after Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment requiring 15 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement fund be used for a comprehensive tobacco education.

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