Report: KY Student Smoking Rate Higher than National Average

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Tobacco use among students in Kentucky continues to be much higher than the national rate.   

A new state report shows 13% of 10th graders in Kentucky smoked cigarettes last year.   That's more than double the national average.    

Almost 10% used smokeless tobacco -- three times the national rate for 10th graders.  The survey also found 11% of the students used marijuana.   That's less than the national average.

22% of Kentucky 10th graders said they were bullied at school last year.   18% reported being the victims of cyberbullying.

The report also shows that 8% of Kentucky 10th graders tried to commit suicide last year.   The national average is over 9%.

Students in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green did not participate in the survey.

Click here to see the full report.


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