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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 file photo, a high school junior holds a cigarette as another high school student takes a drag in Lawrence, Kan. The smoking rate among U.S. high school and middle students has been flat for three years now, after a fairly steady decline for nearly two decades, according to new numbers released Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Thad Allender/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)

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Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. children, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer February 12, 2019

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