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Decline in Cigarettes Use among Youth in Minnesota

Smoking Students

Latest 2014 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey shows that use of cigarettes among school students has declined significantly, but use of e-cigarettes is increased. Data shows that more than a quarter of high school students have tried electronic cigarettes.

Health care officials say that e-cigarettes contain nicotine which causes dependence. This may make young people want to try tobacco products.

The survey shows that the rate of high school students who smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days dropped to 10.6% in 2014. That compares to 18.1% in 2011.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger is happy with these numbers and says this is a great progress which occured due to state efforts to fight smoking among youth. He told that high prices on cigarettes made smoking unaffordable for teens. Also tight regulations work great here such as the requirement to sell tobacco products behind the counter.

However, bad news is that e-cigarettes are popular among young people. In the course of the survey they were asked if they had ever used these divices which were introduced in 2007 to the USA market. It turned out that 28% of high school students have tried an e-cigarette, and 12.9% of students had used one in the past 30 days.  E-cigarettes appeared in Minnesota several years ago and since then around 90,000 students have tried them.

16-year-old Cornelia from Minneapolis South High School considers that teens like e-cigarettes because their use can hardly be detected by parents. E-cigarettes are not regulated, thus these devices are being widely used by young people, even on tootball games. Tenns cannot buy tobacco cigarettes but they may buy electronic ones and most frequently they do this from websites or older students. It is easier than it seems.

Fewer Students Smoking Cigarettes in North Carolina


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 Jersey to Increase Age to Buy Cigarettes

Smoking Woman

State committee in New Jersey proposed to increase to 21 legal age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes. If the proposal will be approved, the law will make New Jersey the first state in the USA who requires this age to buy cigarettes.

Back in 2006 the state increased minimum age to buy cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products from 18 to 19. However, Joseph Vitale and Richard Codey, who sponsored the law, told that it still does not prevent youth from smoking.

However, some say that young people may not quit smoking but just find other ways to get cigarettes. Health care providers say that the more young people are discouraged from smoking, the healthier the nation will be.

Karen Blumenfeld from Global Advisers on Smokefree Policy says that it is great that the entire New Jersey consiers such a law. Previosly, New York City increased smoking age to 21. Suffolk County changed its law that will come into action in 2015. Numerous studies found that 90% of young people start smoking before 21, therefore the minimum age to buy cigarettes should be increased.

Now the question is how the law will work and who will carry the responsability of breaking it. The  representatives of NJ Gasoline-Convenience-Automotive Association are worried about the fact that shop sellers will have to pay penalties for breaking the law. But how thay will determine the age of a person who buys cigarettes?  Vitale, chairman of the Senate Health,  says that it is necessary to ask for ID.

The committee voted 6-2 to approve the bill, which will be then sent to the full Senate for a vote.

In the USA, the state of New Jersey is on the last place in the rating of states who successfully fight smoking.

Graphic Warning Images On Cigarettes Reduce Smoking Among Young Adults


Recently in the USA there was made a new study on the effects of graphic health warning labels.

The study was performed by Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at Legacy and supported by FDA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The results of the study showed that use of graphic health warning labels in the USA have positive effects on the population, especially on young people.

The results of the study were published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research and they do confirm the results of several early studies which showed that graphic health warning labels play a significant role in preventing youth from smoking.

In 2009 there was adopted Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which required the FDA to include new warning labels on cigarette packs and in cigarette ads. In 2011, FDA published a final variant of the rule which demanded that graphic health warning labels to go with 9 new text warning statements. However, the introduction of these warnings was delayed.

This is the fist study which examined the effectiveness of graphic warning images among young adults in the USA. It used data from the Legacy Young Adult Cohort Study to examine the effects of graphic health warning labels on smoking intentions among 4,196 people between 18 — 34.

It was found that 53% of participants said that graphic images made them think about no to smoke cigarettes (40% smokers and 56% non-smokers). More than 23% of non-smokers and more than 10% of smokers said that warning images made them refuse from ciagrttes.

A past study showed that graphic health warning labels could reduce in the USA smoking-related problems by influencing smoking behavior of young adults. Also it demonstrated that both adults and youth are more likely to remember big warnings saying they have stinger impact.

Studies on the graphic health warning labels made in other countries worldwide demonstrated that use of graphic warnings resulted in higher quit smoking attempts and reduced relapse among ex-smokers.