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Alcohol abuse is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and is also a factor in approximately 41% of all deaths from motor vehicle crashes.
Every day about 3,600 American youth aged 12–17 years try their first cigarette. It is estimated that smoking causes 443,000 deaths each year in the United States.
This information is from the CDC Healthy Youth! Adolescent Health Website.
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