By Lynne Adkins

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The latest government report on smoking rates has encouraging news in one major category.

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Men and women between 18 and 24 years of age are smoking less according to a new government report which shows that in the past few years the number of young smokers fell more than 5 percent.

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Dr. Barbara Campling, a medical oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center, says there are a number of reasons for the decline.

“The increase in prices of tobacco products, the anti-smoking campaigns, restrictions on tobacco advertising, also the fact that most people are smoke free; so it’s not as socially acceptable as it used to be,” says Campling.

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She admits most people know that smoking causes cancer, mainly head, neck and lung which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women.