Teen Cigarette Use Falls but Marijuana use Rises, According to new CDC Report

No Smoking SignTeen cigarette and cigar smoking rates have dropped dramatically, from 20.5% in 2007 to about 7% in 2013, a 64% decrease.

However, marijuana use among teens has risen from 4% to 10% during that same time, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “tobacco prevention and control strategies, including increasing tobacco product prices, adopting comprehensive smoke-free laws, and implementing national public education media campaigns, have influenced the reduction in youth cigarette smoking.”

“The nation’s remarkable progress in reducing youth smoking since 1997 is great news, but the battle is far from over,” Vince Willmore, vice president for communications at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told HealthDay.com. “This study reminds us that we know exactly what to do to further reduce smoking: increase tobacco taxes, enact smoke-free laws, fund effective prevention programs and implement hard-hitting mass media campaigns. These proven strategies must be continued and strengthened.”


Smoking Rate Continues to Drop around United States, New Data Show

no smoking logoThe smoking rate in the U.S. dropped to about 15% in 2015, down from 17% one year ago and about 18% two years ago, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The 2015 National Health Interview Survey report also shows that more men smoke than women, and blacks and whites are more likely to smoke than Hispanics.

Experts credit tobacco taxes, stricter smoke-free laws, and more powerful anti-smoking messages for the change.

“I hear from smokers all the time, ‘When I can’t smoke here, I can’t smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I’m a pariah – it makes me want to not smoke anymore,’” Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., told HealthDay.com.


Passport Supports Kentucky Youth Advocates’ Push to Reduce Smoking During Pregnancy

smokingHealthy pregnancies lead to healthy babies.  Pregnant women should have the support they need to make healthy choices as important as not smoking during pregnancy.  Yet a stubbornly high statistic—smoking during pregnancy—warns us that too many Kentucky babies don’t get a strong start. We can protect Kentucky babies by enacting comprehensive smoke-free policies prohibiting smoking indoors in workplaces and public places. For more information from  Kentucky Youth Advocates and the issue-at-hand, click here.


Kentucky Health Report Shows Commonwealth Making Progress

According to a report from kyhealthnow, more Kentuckians have health insurance, are covered by smoke-free policy, can access physical activity resources, seek care for heart disease and cancer prevention, and get dental services since the launch of the program last year. The draft report, which was discussed during the kyhealthnow quarterly oversight team meeting in mid-March, shows Kentucky is moving in the right direction in meeting the ambitious and wide-ranging goals laid out in Gov. Beshear’s initiative. For more information, read this article  in The State Journal or go online to Gov. Beshear’s kyhealthnow website.