A new federal report has revealed a freeze in the dropping smoking rates among the U. S. teens. The decline, which started in 1990, has now stalled.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the report that more than 20% of the school going population in the country is still addicted to smoking. This constant score has turned down hopes for the authorities who aimed at reducing the percentage to 16 by the end of 2010.
Lead researcher, Terry F. Pechacek, Associate Director for science at the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, said the drop in the rates has been observed only among the African-American females.
"The rate of change started slowing in 2003, and in some groups of students has totally stopped and is almost not declining at all", he added.
He further said that one of the greatest reasons behind the halt in the decline is the ignorance of the authorities towards it. The ever rising decline observed until last few years had made the regulators over-confident.
Pechacek also pointed out the reduction in the budget set aside for the tobacco teaching and termination programs in the states, which he said, have added to the issue.