AUGUST 28, 2006 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri teens aren't lighting up the way they did ten years ago.
In 1994, a survey found that about 40 percent of Missouri high
school students had recently smoked cigarettes.
But last year, barely 21 percent of surveyed high school
students said they had smoked one or more cigarettes in the past 30
While applauding the decline, some anti-smoking activists are
surprised by it.
The state spends about two (m) million dollars on anti-tobacco
efforts. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends Missouri spend at least 33 (m) million dollars annually
on a comprehensive anti-tobacco program _ and up to 91 (m) million