The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data from their Youth Risk Behavior Survey that shows E-cigarette use among youth is still rising and more kids are getting hooked on tobacco.
In a media statement, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown shared, “The findings confirm that e-cigarette use among youth continues to rise beyond the epidemic levels seen in recent years.” The data shows that half of high school seniors have tried e-cigarettes and nearly a third (32.7%) are currently using e-cigarettes. This is a dangerous trend for American teens, who were winning the war against tobacco before e-cigarettes. We know all kinds of tobacco, including e-cigarettes, are harmful for your life and have long term negative impact to health.
This is why we must focus on public policy goals at every level of government that will get us to the tobacco endgame. In Eastern States, we’re focusing on many of these priorities. We must ban all flavors and all types of tobacco, including mint and menthol flavors. We need to improve tobacco licensing standards to better regulate sales and close the tobacco loopholes that still allow tobacco in many workplaces. We must also raise the excise taxes in tobacco and for e-cigarettes because we know this reduces tobacco use.
Your help is critical to achieving these goals so that we can prevent new tobacco users and help current tobacco users commit to quit. Together we can help people across the region live healthier.