Casual smoking is increasing among young American women, study shows

TIME reports a new study indicates that “for a large swath of young American women, light smoking is growing in popularity.” The study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, “analyzed a sample of 9,789 women between ages 18 and 25 from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” who were then asked “if they had smoked part or all of a cigarette in the past 30 days; those who said they had were classified as current smokers, while those who hadn’t, but had smoked previously, were considered ‘former’ smokers.”

The results showed that “while heavy smoking—a pack a day—has decreased in the U.S….27% of all people in the study—and 62% of the current smokers—identified as very light smokers, a habit of five or fewer cigarettes a day.”

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