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The early 21st century decline in adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis may have reached a plateau, and could reverse, researchers fear.

In a review summarising the latest evidence, a University of Otago team said substance use among 13 to 19-year-olds had peaked in the late 1990s or early 2000s. [...] “Furthermore, evidence suggests we may again be at a turning point, with long-term declines stalling or reversing since about 2014–2016, and e-cigarette use emerging as a new risk,” the study, publicly released on Friday in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, said.