The National Youth Tobacco Survey shows that cigarette smoking by teens continues to decline while e-cigarette tripled from 2013 to 2014 and now is higher than use of regular cigarettes. –
High schoolers who smoke at least one a day fell from 12.7% to 9.2% in the past year, a record low. This occurred while the use of e-cigarettes increased from 4.5% to 13.4%; meaning there was no overall reduction of tobacco use from 2011 to 2014. In fact, 24.6% of high school students reported using some form of tobacco product in 2014. –
The National Youth Tobacco Survey results are published jointly by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many parents and health providers hope that this recent report will cause the FDA to act to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes by teens.
The incidents of higher use of e-cigarettes by teens comes at a time when e-cigarette makers are marketing them using celebrities, and TV and magazine ads that show e-cigarettes as fun and glamorous. Also, the maker of e-cigarettes are sponsoring race cars and concerts. Many e-cigarettes come in sweet, colorful flavors such as gummy bear and cotton candy designed to appeal to teens.
About 4.6 million middle and high school students were current users of tobacco products, about half used two different types of tobacco .
Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death in our country, killing over 480,000 people and costing about $170 billion in health care costs annually.
Tips for Parents to Talk to Your Kids about e-Cigarettes and Tobacco
Don’t be shy. You should speak up before adolescents begin smoking or if tobacco use of any kind is suspected.
Go the distance to prevent secondhand smoke exposure. In addition to not smoking yourself, you can prevent adolescents” exposure to secondhand smoke by not allowing anyone to smoke anywhere in or near an adolescents” home; not allowing smoking in the cars they ride in, even with a window down; ensuring that adolescents” schools are tobacco-free; and,if your state still allows smoking in public areas’frequenting restaurants and other places that do not allow smoking. (Note that no-smoking sections are not enough to shield a person from secondhand smoke.)
Monitor. The amount of monitoring you do (such as having expectations about when adolescents will be home and checking on their plans) can lessen your teen risks of nicotine-dependence.
Strongly disapprove. Adolescents whose parents or other adults in their lives strongly disapprove of their smoking,even if the adults themselves smoke,are less likely to take up smoking.
Know what children watch. Setting limits on adolescents” movie choices may help prevent them from starting to smoke; many adult-oriented movies include depictions of smoking that may glamorize the habit.
Enlist allies. Other adults in adolescents” lives, such as such as teachers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, influence whether teens start using tobacco and whether they stop
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