E-CIGARETTE USE AMONG YOUTH TRIPLES FROM 2013-2014
The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey recently released shows that historic declines in youth cigarette smoking continue, but youth use of electronic cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014 and, for the first time, exceeds use of regular cigarettes. The National Youth Tobacco Survey results were published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Tobacco Sales to Minors in Both Columbia and Dane County Increase
SWEET TALK: BIG TOBACCO'S KID-FRIENDLY CAMPAIGN
To learn more about other tobacco products and how they are being marketed to Wisconsin's youth check out Sweet Talk: Big Tobacco's Kid-Friendly Campaign video!
Smoke-Free Laws Protect Kids
The evidence for smoke free workplace laws continues to grow.
In case you missed it, a recent New England Journal of Medicine study looking at Scotland showed a positive impact from that country’s smoke-free law, particularly in reducing hospital admissions for childhood asthma. The study found that childhood hospitalizations from asthma dropped 13% after the country’s law took effect in 2006.
Kids exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. That’s especially important for Wisconsin, as we currently rank fifth nationally in childhood exposure to secondhand smoke at around 10.5% according to the UW Carbone Cancer Center. That’s about 40% over the national average.
The good news is that our kids will be protected from secondhand smoke in public places thanks to our new statewide smoke-free workplace law. The results of the Scotland study offer further proof of what many of us have known for some time - by going smoke-free, Wisconsin did the right thing for the state’s health, and the health of our children.
The new smoke-free law is a win-win for everyone, particularly our kids.