The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that the Ocean State has the SECOND LOWEST youth smoking rate in the nation. The finding is based on national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results show that Rhode Island’s youth smoking rate dropped from 11% in 2011 to 8% currently (second only to the state of Utah).
This good news is in large part due to the strong tobacco control laws that Rhode Island has on the books – laws that we fought for! These proven policies include our comprehensive smoke-free air law and high cigarette tax. But our work is not over – an 8% youth smoking rate is still too high and we won’t stop until that number is zero!
Click here to view the Department of Health’s press release: http://www.ri.gov/press/view/22362.