Dr Miriam Stoppard: Teenagers are far less likely to rebel these days

Youths can be antisocial, rude and thoughtless. But they’re thinkers, and given some adult realism and ­support, they act responsibly. The ­latest stats back this up.

Fewer US teens are smoking , having sex and doing drugs these days, according to a survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

It asked about 100 questions on a wide range of health topics, including smoking, drugs and diet .

Researchers compared the results to similar questionnaires going back more than 25 years.

The CDC survey is conducted every two years to examine the lifestyle habits of teenagers across the States.

Last year, only 40% of teenagers said they’d had sex at all, down from 48% a decade ago
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