Up in Smoke

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Are sixth-graders lighting up during recess? According to the 1999 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the American Legacy Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 13 percent of middle school students smoked tobacco in the past month. Incidence rates were even higher among black and Hispanic middle school kids (14 percent and 15 percent, respectively). While cigarette smoking dominates - 28 percent of high schoolers say they've puffed in the past month - new tobacco products like bidi, a sweet-smelling cigarette, are gaining popularity among teens. Roughly 5 percent of high school kids smoked bidi in the past month, with blacks slightly more likely to have used it (6 percent).

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