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South Dakota's teen smoking rate still among the nation's highest


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Physician Paul Amundsen says tobacco use is the number one cause of death in the United States. 

     Dr. Amundson says smoking usually starts with teens or young adults and 80 percent continue to smoke into adulthood.

     Amundsen says it’s important for parents and peers to remind young smokers about the dangers of smoking.  He calls smoking a chronic illness, an addiction.  He urges parents and peers to keep trying to get young smokers to quit.

     Amundsen advises smokers who tried to quit and failed, once or twice, to try again. 

     He says the South Dakota Quitline is available for smokers of any age at 1-866-SD-QUITS.