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CDC Survey: Teen Risk Behavior Drops in Wyoming

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results Thursday. The survey tracked trends for risky behavior that includes smoking, drinking, and fighting among middle and high school students. The survey is conducted biennially.

The survey samples shows that Between 2001 to 2013 the percentage of Wyoming middle school students surveyed who have ever tried cigarette smoking steadily decreased from 40.4% to 22.1%. Those who have ever had a drink of alcohol also decreased from 47% to 34.2%. Those who have ever been in a physical fight decreased from 56.7% to 49.7%.

Between 1995 to 2013 the percentage of Wyoming high school students surveyed who have ever tried cigarette smoking has steadily decreased from 73% to 45.8%. Those who have ever had a drink of alcohol also decreased from 81.1% to 68%. Those who have ever been in a physical fight decreased from 35.6% to 24.3%.

The 2013 survey marks the first year that students were asked about their texting and driving habits. According to the data, the total percentage of Wyoming students surveyed who texted or emailed while driving one or more times in the past 30 days was 50.7%.

The 2013 YRBS surveys were completed by 3,015 students in 52 Wyoming public high schools and 2,702 students in 51 Wyoming public middle schools.

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