Detroit teens, it seems, think tobacco is wacko and smoke less than their counterparts in 12 other U.S. cities.
An estimated 3.4 percent of Detroit teenagers smoke cigarettes, according to survey data analyzed by a coalition of U.S. city health departments. That compares with the national average of 15.7 percent, according to the Big Cities Health Coalition.
Cass Tech freshman Sage Staten, 14, of Detroit said she doesn’t smoke.
“Personally, cigarettes are nasty to me,” she said. “I don’t like the smell; I don’t like what it does. And we’ve been hearing (smoking is) bad since middle school.”
The Big Cities Health Coalition released its findings this week to recognize World No Tobacco Day, which was Tuesday.
“It’s a very interesting success story,” said Chrissie Juliano, the coalition’s director. “Obviously, there are a variety of challenges Detroit has seen in the past few years and the demographics of the city don’t suggest this. This very low teen smoking number really is a bright spot for Detroit.”