Utah's youth are now smoking at a lower rate than ever before, according to a new state Tobacco Prevention and Control Program report.
As of 2011, only 5.9 percent of Utah high schoolers said they smoked cigarettes, compared to 11.9 percent in 1999. Nationwide, 18.1 percent of youth smoke.
Research shows that almost 90 percent of adult smokers picked up the habit by age 18, so the state continues to discourage youth from starting. In the past 10 years, 21 school districts have created tobacco-free policies and offered tobacco-prevention education, the report states.