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Fewer Students Smoking Cigarettes in North Carolina

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Latest Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in North Carolina found that fewer middle and high school students in the state are smoking cheapest cigarettes.

The bad news is that more students use other tobacco products and here the talk is about pipes, snuff, hookah and e-cigarettes.

The doctors are worried much about youth interest towards e-cigarettes and significant increase in use of this product. Data shows that in the last two years e-ciagrettes use among teens has more than tripled.

In the course of the survey, the researchers found that 10% of middle school students and 30% of high school students in North Carolina use one or another kind of tobacco product. According to Health Director of Mecklenburg County, e-cigarettes do represent a serious problem when the talk is about youth, because still few studies were made on thir effects on human bodies.

E-cigarettes are sold to young people without any restriction, therefore they start smoking at their early age. Studies demonstrate that 90% of smokers started smoking when they were under 18 and in adult age they already became regular smokers. The earlier  people begin smoking, the harder for them is to quit in adult age.

Dr. Marcus Plescia comes with a proposal to prohibit tobacco use on county grounds in order to reduce smoking rates among youth in North Carolina. Mecklenburg County Commission is the body who takes such decisions. At the same time, smokers who want to quit may use QuitLine NC.

New Signs Inform About Coming Smoking Ban at Cumberland County

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Dozens of new blue signs which inform smokers about smoking ban were installed last week in Cumberland County. Starting from January 1 a number of county properties that will be going smoke-free.

Donnie Robertson, the facilities management coordinator at Health Department, said that he didn’t want to make them red because the final signs will be red. The blue is still noticeable for exeryone on the streets.

Since 1993 smoking is already prohibited inside county buildings throughout the North Carolina state. It is prohibited to smoke within 25 feet of all buildings in Cumberland County. The nexy year there will be increased number of smoking-free areas. These will touch entire properties inluding  their parking lots. Individual departments can define smoking areas till the end of the year.

In the list are included next buildings: all library branches,  Social Services, Health Department and the E. Newton Smith Center, which keeps the county employee wellness center and the Board of Elections.

However, the courthouse isn’t included in this list, though it was discussed. Therefore smoking cigarettes is allowed more than 25 feet from the entrances there.
In a recent note to employees, James Martin, County Manager, said that Cumberland county wants to reduce the negative effects of smoking among county employees and abolish secondhand smoke exposure for all citizens.

During the next three months the county will provide free seminars on quitting smoking for its employees.

A survey made in 2010 revealed that 18.2% of Cumberland County residents do smoke. This is lower than on average in the whole state (19.8%). Wilson says that 5 – 10% of county employees smoke and there hasn’t been any pushback from Health Department employees.

For example, Abigail Thompson, who smokes cigarettes, said she’ll have no problem with the new rules.