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Teen smoking decline not reflected in Missouri 

Jump to full article: Columbia (MO) Missourian, 2005-01-14


Although national teen smoking rates have been declining since 2000, Missouri still boasts one of the highest teen smoking rates in the country. A 2003 survey by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found that 43.5 percent of Missouri middle school students and 65.8 percent of high school students have used some form of tobacco product.

To combat the problem, Sen. Yvonne Wilson, D-Kansas City, has introduced a bill aimed at curbing smoking among Missouri’s youth. The bill would fund anti-tobacco efforts using the

$7 million Missouri is receiving from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between tobacco producers and 46 states.

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