Fewer young Nebraskans are smoking and an anti-tobacco program is being credited with helping.
In 2001, 30.5-percent of Nebraskans under age 18 smoked. That declined to 24.1-percent in 2003.
Evaluators of the Tobacco Free Nebraska Program say it has helped reduce usage.
Each year the state-run program is assessed by ABT Associates and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
That latest findings show that 15,000 fewer Nebraskans who are protected from second-hand smoke at work increased from 65-percent in 2000 to 77-percent last year.
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Source: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/overview/30yrs2t.htm (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).