(ABC NEWS) — Despite decades of anti-smoking education, one in four U.S. high school seniors still smokes. And three in four high school smokers continue to smoke as adults, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.
“The addictive power of nicotine makes tobacco use much more than a passing phase for most teens,” Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin wrote in the 900-page report. “Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke. We don’t want our children to start something now that they won’t be able to change later in life.”