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There is both reassuring and concerning news about risky teenage behavior in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

The number of kids who are smoking is down, but an alarming number are texting while driving, and carrying weapons.

Among the risky teenage behaviors:


The CDC found nearly 18% of high school students asked had carried a weapon. A gun, knife or club at least once in the previous 30 days.

The news coming just days after a 15-year-old gunman killed a classmate and wounded a teacher in Oregon.

Police found another student was carrying a gun but had no connection with the shooting.

Another risky behavior:

Texting while driving:

41% of students who are driving had texted or emailed while driving in the previous 30 days.

The CDC also reports 10% of teens admitted to drinking and driving.

Nearly 22%  had been in a car with other driver who’d been drinking.

Sex is also on the list of risky teen behavior.

34% of teens admitted to being sexually active, down from 38% in 1991.

But among those kids, condom use had declined to 59% from 63% ten years ago.