Earlier this year, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report on the findings of the 2012 Youth Tobacco Survey. They survey, which is conducted every other year, produced encouraging results. It showed that youth smoking rates have decreased significantly and only 9.3% of high school students report current cigarette use.
However, 44.5% of those current smokers expressed a desire to quit. Because New Jersey does not provide funding for tobacco control and cessation, it may be difficult for those students who wish to quit to find needed quit resources.
The American Heart Association continues to work with our partners to advocate for state funding for tobacco control and cessation programs in New Jersey. If you would like to read the report, it can be accessed in it's entirety at: