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Cigarette, marijuana and alcohol use among teenagers continued to see a downward trend nationally in 2014, according to the University of Michigan’s 2014 Monitoring the Future study.

While that trend has been observed locally, much of the decrease is due to local prevention efforts, according to Breanna Boland, executive director of the Casa Grande Alliance.

Nationally, the percent of 12th-graders reporting daily use of cigarettes is around 7 percent, down considerably from a high of 25 percent in 1998. Since 2000, there has been a sharp decline in cigarette use in high school seniors while alcohol use has shown an overall gradual decline since 1992.

Boland said the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission reported that 8 percent of youths said they’d smoked cigarettes within 30 days, a drop from 15 percent in 2012. Drops were also reflected in the number of teens who reported using alcohol and marijuana between 2012 and 2014.

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