Tobacco Use Among Teens in West Virginia Declined

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Experts say that tobacco use among young people in West Virginia is declining, Recently West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Tobacco Prevention revealed data that demonstrates the percentage of high school students who said they have never used any kind of tobacco productshas raised from 20.6% in 2000 to 46.1% in 2013.

Over the same period of ten years, there was a 107% increase in the number of high school students who never have tried to smoke cigarettes.

Dr. Letitia Tierney, State Health Officer and Commission for the Bureau for Public Health says that this data shows that anti-smoking programs and other initiatives by the Bureau of Public Health  which help to inform young people about the effects of nicotine are working.

The data revealed today suggests that improvements that were made over the last 10 years are very effective and this is worth celebrating.

Data shows that 18.6% of high school students in West Virginia are smokes while in 2000 there were 38.5% of smokers.

Tierney says it is a great success and attributes it to teenagers that take part in Raze, West Virginia’s tobacco prevention movement. Generally, there are almost 4,000 young people who joined the program with 150 crews in the entire state.

Tierney also says it is a great progress and it is important to keep in mind that nicotine causes addiction. Young people must be informed about the effects of tobacco use before they become addicted.

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