This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data indicating that seven in 10 students who currently use tobacco have used a flavored product.
This is another piece of evidence to add to established data showing that young people use flavored products at high rates. You can see some of this data in the news release published by the CDC.
The chart below shows the different types of tobacco used by students:
According to Dr. Brian King of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, “Efforts to curb the availability and use of flavored tobacco products could help reduce the overall rates of tobacco use among our nation’s youth.” In Minnesota, we have seen that public policy change is the most effective way to reduce smoking. We hope to see more communities and the state as a whole taking new steps to keep these attractive products out of kids’ hands.
To see more statistics on youth and flavoring, read yesterday’s release from CDC.