Youth Tobacco Prevention

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Despite major progress made in last fifty years, tobacco use among youth remains a major concern. While youth cigarette use is in historic decline, there has been a recent uptake in emerging tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), flavored tobacco, and dissolvable smokeless tobacco. Vapor products like e-cigs still contain toxic chemicals and highly addictive nicotine. Studies have shown that teens are now using more e-cigarettes than traditional combustible cigarettes. The long term consequences of these products on youth are unknown. However, we do know that youth that start using tobacco products containing nicotine are more likely to become addicted and transfer to other forms of tobacco such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The tobacco industry has a long history of marketing their products to youth and recent products are no exception. 

Please click on these links below for additional information on:

Evidence-Based Tobacco Prevention Curriculums
Youth Tobacco Cessation Resources
Electronic Cigarette (E-Cig) Health Information
Chatham County Tobacco-Free Schools Policy






Additional Resources

Surgeon General’s Report Youth, Young Adults, and E-Cigarettes: The Surgeon General released a report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. The website, “Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes and Young People,” is a  great interactive website with fact sheets, videos, quizzes, and the risks of e-cigarettes, including addiction, brain development, and harmful aerosols and chemicals: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

North Carolina Tobacco Prevention & Control Branch: http://www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov

North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey (NCYTS): http://www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov/data/yts/index.htm

North Carolina Middle and High School Fact Sheet: http://www.tobaccopreventionandcontrol.ncdhhs.gov/data/yts/yts11/NC_YTS_2013_Middle_and_High_School_Factsheet.pdf

2014 Surgeon General’s Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/exec-summary.pdf

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smoking and Tobacco Use: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/

CDC Youth Tobacco Prevention Resources http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/youth/

CDC Smoking and Youth Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/pdfs/fs_smoking_youth_508.pdf

The Real Cost Campaign: http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/

The Truth Campaign: http://www.thetruth.com/

Smoke Free Teen: http://teen.smokefree.gov/?utm_source=cdc&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=smoking_tobacco#.VbYsyf7bKUk

Kick Butts Day: http://www.kickbuttsday.org/

The Great American Smokeout: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/

Please contact Anna Stormzand, Health Promotion Coordinator with the Chatham County Public Health Department, for any questions or assistance with youth tobacco programming or cessation at anna.stormzand@chathamnc.org or (919) 545-8445.