Teen Smoking

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Source: www.cdc.gov/tobacco/research_data/youth/ythsprt.htm


Colorado Seeks to Criminalize Youth Tobacco Possession

Colorado youth may legally possess tobacco products even though they are banned from buying them, but that could soon change, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Feb. 11.

A bill passed by a Colorado Senate committee would close the loophole and ban people under age 18 from tobacco possession and use, giving police to confiscate cigarettes, chewing tobacco and other products from underage users. Currently, 35 states have laws on the book making it illegal for those under age 18 to possess tobacco.

The measure also would require retailers to get ID from all tobacco buyers who appear to be under age 30 and would penalize those who sell tobacco to underage users, even unintentionally.

There would be no fines or jail time for kids caught with tobacco, however.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2008/colo-seeks-to-criminalize.html

Youth Brand Preferences Persist, Antismoking Group Says

Marlboro, Newport and Camel cigarettes are the most popular brands among smokers ages 13-18, accounting for 78 percent of youth cigarette use, according to the American Legacy Foundation.

Study Links Teen Use Of Tobacco And Pot

Youngsters who smoke cigarettes are more likely to use marijuana than those who don't smoke, according to a study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC251/333/33000/369325.html?d=dmtICNNews

Cigarette Use Reaches New Low Among High School Seniors

The prevalence of cigarette use among U.S. public high school seniors has reached the lowest point ever recorded, according to the most recent data from the national Monitoring the Future survey. Slightly more than one-fifth (21.6%) of 12th graders reported smoking cigarettes in the past thirty days, down from peaks of 36.5% in 1997 and 38.8% in 1976. At the same time, the percentage of students who perceived a ''great risk'' of harm from smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day reached an all-time high of 77.6% in 2006.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2007/cigarette-use-reaches-new-low.html

Judge Allows Suit on Underage Tobacco Giveaways to Proceed

A lawsuit charging that Lorillard Tobacco Co. marketed cigarettes to minority children will proceed after a Massachusetts judge denied the company's attempt to have the case dismissed.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2007/judge-allows-suit-on-underage.html

Teens Take in Smoking Scenes at the Movies

Viewing smoking in movies may influence teens to smoke, and smoking scenes are prevalent among the movies teens are watching. Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire, investigated the occurrences of smoking in popular movies.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/research/smoking_movies.html

China Mulls Ban on Alcohol, Tobacco Sales to Youths

Chinese lawmakers are considering a proposal to ban the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to youths under age 18.
Source: www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2006/china-mulls-ban-on-alcohol.html

Smoke Screen

Study: Tobacco use in movies spurs teens to smoke
Source: http://www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=513597

Cutting Through the Hype

Tobacco companies target teens in their advertisements so they can replace the people who die - more than 1,000 each day - from smoking-related illnesses. Read this article to learn the truth about smoking.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/tobacco/smoking.html

Tobacco Companies Keeping Tab on You

Tobacco companies keep tabs on the number of teens who smoke - and worry if the numbers begin to drop - because they need to replace the 1,200 people who die in the United States each day from smoking-related illnesses. Find out the ugly truth about smoking and learn strategies to help you quit in TeensHealth's Drugs & Alcohol section.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/index.html

Radio Station Hopes "Joe Chemo" Will Inspire Teens To Quit Tobacco Use

If Joe Camel encouraged some youngsters to start smoking, a producer at a western Pennsylvania radio station figures a sickly Joe Chemo will inspire teenagers to stop.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/359764.html

Girl Smokers At Higher Risk ; Could Double Chances Of Breast Cancer

Teen girls almost double their risk of breast cancer if they take up smoking within five years of their first menstrual period, a new Canadian study has found.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/356377.html

Report Shows Recent Progress In Decreasing Youth Tobacco Use, But Much Work Remains

Adolescent smoking rates increased through much of the 1990s, but a new report released today by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) shows there has been a promising decline over the past few years. Despite this recent progress, there remains a need for more research and for anti-smoking programs designed both to prevent young people from starting to smoke and to help them quit. The report reveals a particular need for research among certain racial/ethnic groups where smoking trends have not decreased or, in some cases, continued to increase.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8012/348097.html

How Can I Quit Smoking?

There are tons of reasons to stop smoking, including that nearly one in five deaths in the United States is related to tobacco. If you're ready to kick the habit, read this article for tips on how to do it successfully.
Source: www.kidshealth.org/teen/body_basics/quit_smoking.html

Youth Not Young at Heart

Researchers involved in the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project are attempting to prevent early death and complications due to heart disease by following men working in 84 companies over the course of 20 years.

More than 11,000 young men aged 18 to 39 were invited to participate in this long-term study. A number of health factors were assessed through periodic questionnaires. The questions included the number of cigarettes smoked each day, medical history and family history, as well as prior treatment for diabetes and hypertension. Measurements were also taken at each follow-up appointment, such as heart rhythm abnormalities, cholesterol level, blood pressure, and weight.

To find out whether the lifestyle factors that predict death due to heart disease also apply to predicting heart disease development in a young male population, these responses and measurements were compared to a baseline group of men aged 40 to 59. The study found that about half of the young men were smokers, smoking an average of 21 cigarettes each day, and had higher than normal cholesterol levels as well as heart rhythm abnormalities. Of the men tracked for 20 years, 155 men died of some form of cardiovascular disease.

The researchers believe that since the risk of fatal heart disease can be predicted given particular lifestyle habits, attempts should be made to screen young men at the age of 20 onwards to decrease the number of deaths and complications due to heart disease. "Education was protective in both young and middle-aged men," says lead researcher Philip Greenland, M.D. The researchers say they are hopeful young men can be encouraged to change their lifestyle before permanent damage is done.

Source: www.chennaionline.com/health/homearticles/youngheart.asp

Adolescent Depression And High Receptivity To Tobacco Ads May Lead To Teen Smoking

A NIDA-funded study by researchers at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine reports that adolescent depression, combined with high receptivity to tobacco advertising, plays a powerful role in whether a teen smokes cigarettes.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8014/347822.html

Down in Smoke

A University of Alabama study suggests that smoking cigarettes may turn you blue. It found that teens who smoked 20 butts or more a day were more likely to be depressed than teens who smoked less. Researchers believe that smoking interferes with a brain chemical that affects mood.

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Smoking was surely designed
To poison, and destroy mankind. - Philip Freneau

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