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CDC Survey: Teen smoking down, but other risky behaviors remain




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Whether it's drinking too much sugary soda or secretly smoking cigarettes, there are plenty of vices that teens like to experiment with. 

However, a new survey by the Center for Disease Control shows today's teens are making healthier choices than they did back in 1991, at least when it comes to certain behaviors. The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) gleaned answers anonymously from more than 13,000 teens from public and private high schools throughout the United States. 

Among the findings are that teens are smoking much less today than they were in 1991. Today, only 15.7 percent of teens said they regularly smoke tobacco products, down from 27.5 percent in 1991 and the peak of 36.4 percent in 1997. This number also means the U.S. has already met its "Healthy People 2020" goal of lowering the smoking rate to 16 percent by 2020.

Other notable statistics from the survey include: 

Texting While Driving: 

Teen Sex:

Physical Fights:

Dr. Stephanie Zaza, director of the CDC's division of adolescent and school health, joins Take Two to talk about some of the findings.