NIDA's MTF survey finds teen smoking at historic low: In 2011, cigarette smoking in the past month was reported by 18.7% of 12th-graders, compared with a peak rate of 36.5% in 1997 and 21.6% five years ago. Only 6.1% of eighth-graders reported current cigarette smoking, compared with a peak of 21% in 1996 and 8.7% in 2006. These rates are the lowest documented in Monitoring the Future (MTF) since the annual survey, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), began polling youths in 1975. Data also indicated that alcohol use has also decreased among teens: 63.5% of 12th-graders reported past-year use in 2011, compared with a peak of 74.8% in 1997. Similarly, 26.9% of eighth-graders reported past-year alcohol use in 2011, compared with a peak rate of 46.8% in 1994. Youths reported higher rates of marijuana use in 2011. Among 12th-graders, 36.4% reported past year use, and 6.6% reported daily use, up from 31.5% and 5%, respectively, five years ago. Only 22.7% of high school seniors reported that they saw “great risk” in smoking marijuana occasionally, compared with 25.9% five years ago. Concerns about synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or spice, prompted its inclusion in the survey for the first time in 2011. Among 12th-graders, 11.4% reported past-year use. MTF is an annual classroom survey of eighth-, tenth-, and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a NIDA grant. Overall, 46,773 students from 400 public and private schools participated in the 2011 survey. More results are available on the NIDA Web site at www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/mtf.html.