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tobacco :      // n. 烟草, 烟草制品, 抽烟
alcohol :      // n. 酒精, 酒
alcoholic     : // adj. 含酒精的;n. 酗酒者, 酒鬼
ecstasy :      // n. 入迷;摇头丸,爱它死(一种安非他明类毒品)

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 [原文]
SCIENCE REPORT - Drug Use Report
By George Grow
Broadcast: February 27, 2002
This is the VOA Special English SCIENCE REPORT.

A new study examines drug use by young people in the United States.

The study found that cigarette smoking among American teenagers dropped during the past
year. The drop continues a general decrease in teenage smoking rates that started in
Nineteen-Ninety-Six.

American health officials praised the decrease as good news in the nation’s battle against
smoking. They note that smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease.
Smoking rates among American teenagers increased in the first half of the
Nineteen-Nineties. However, teenage smoking rates have been decreasing in recent years.

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research supervised the latest study.
The Department of Health and Human Services reported the findings.

The study involved more than forty-four-thousand students in more than four-hundred
schools across the United States. They were asked about past and daily use of tobacco,
alcohol and illegal drugs.

The youngest students questioned were thirteen years old. The study also involved
fifteen-year-old students and seventeen-year-olds.

The most notable change in the study was a continuation of the decrease in cigarette use
among thirteen and fifteen-year-olds.

For example, about twelve percent of thirteen-year-old students questioned reported
smoking at least one cigarette during the past month. Six years ago, the rate was twenty-one
percent. Among fifteen-year-olds, the rate dropped from thirty percent in
Nineteen-Ninety-Six to twenty-one percent last year.

Tommy Thompson is the secretary of Health and Human Services. He praised the findings.
He said more teenagers are making correct choices that will help them avoid health problems
caused by tobacco.

The study found that use of alcoholic drinks and illegal drugs among American teenagers
remained the same or dropped during the past year. However, the use of one illegal drug
known as Ecstasy continued to increase. Yet the rate of increase was not as great as in
recent years.

American health officials said they will continue to give teenagers scientific information
about the serious health risks of Ecstasy and other illegal drugs. The goal is to further
reduce the use of these drugs.

This VOA Special English SCIENCE REPORT was written by George Grow.

								
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