The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is warning parents about tobacco use among children and adolescents. A story from Tucson News Now says the ADHS is circulating a study about the dangers of kids and tobacco. From the article:
“Each day in the United States, nearly 2,900 kids under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette and more than 700 kids become daily cigarette smokers. Many of these kids will become addicted before they are old enough to understand the risks and will ultimately die too young of tobacco-related diseases,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said.
The FDA says the overall number of kids smoking cigarettes is down—but the number using other tobacco products is way up, according to the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Among the key findings in the survey:
- In 2014, one in four high school students and one in 13 middle school students reported being tobacco users (using one or more tobacco products in the previous 30 days).
- Of the then-current 4.6 million youth tobacco users, 2.4 million reported using e-cigarettes.
- Between 2011 and 2014, the percentage of students reporting current use of cigarettes decreased from 15.8% to 9.2%.
- Between 2011 and 2014, hookah use among high school students doubled and e-cigarette use increased even more dramatically.
- In 2014, nearly 2.2 million students reported using two or more tobacco products.
You can download the FDA’s infographic on Youth Tobacco Use by clicking here.
Finding ways to curb tobacco use is one of the cornerstone’s of our vision to make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation! Share your thoughts on how we might be able to work together to accomplish this.