Sixteen years ago, teens were able to buy tobacco products 37 percent of the time. State health officials say thats dropped to 5.6 percent this year.
The prevalence of adult smoking, meantime, is just under 12 percent, the second-lowest in the nation.
But, Dr. John Morgan at the Loma Linda-based cancer surveillance unit doubts that graphic health messages on cigarette packs will have an impact.
I dont think the pictures are too graphic. They represent reality but will not be wildly successful in producing reductions in tobacco use.
Health officials estimate that tobacco control efforts have saved a million lives in California.
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