Teen Smoking Declining in the USA
Use of tobacco among teens and kids in Southwest Colorado is highest in the USA when compared to other states.
Generally smoking among youth in the USA is declining since 2002 and health experts are happy with this.
Data presented by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that smoking among young people from 12 to 17 years old dropped from 12.57% in 2002 to 6.08% in 2013.
The data is based on answeres from students on the question about smoking at least one cigarette in past month.
Among teens in Colorado, 13.74% used a cigarette in past month in 2002 compared to 6.29% in 2013. The only US state which showed a slight decline in smoking rates among youth was Utah with a drop from 6.57 to 5.4%.
However, data by 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey demonstrates that in Southwest Colorado, 14.2% of high school students in Dolores, Archuleta, Montezuma, San Juan, La Plata counties had used at least one cigarette in the past 30 days. As to middle school students in these counties, 3.9% had used cigarettes at least once in past 30 days.
When asked about use of other tobacco products (cigars, chewing tobacco), 23% of high-school students in Southwest Colorado had used it at least once. Among middle school students, 7.4% told they used it al least once.
21% of high-school students have tried electronic cigarettes. No data is available about middle-school students on this question.
The major task of San Juan Basin Health Department is preventing young people from starting smoking. Health experts say that special attention should be paid on use of e-cigarettes by yuth because this smoking products may be harmful for health just like other tobacco products.
American states increase tobacco taxes in order to reduce smoking rates among youth and this measure proves to be very effective. However, the approach should be more complex and should include more smoke-free laws.
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