Youth and Tobacco

Kids in Jefferson County can walk into many stores that sell tobacco and find a variety of inexpensive, candy flavored tobacco products. Youth can also find flavored little cigars for a dollar or two and a variety of new novel products including nicotine delivering hookah pens and e-cigarettes. That's no accident. Last March, the U.S. Surgeon General released a detailed report, using studies and once-secret tobacco industry documents, on the tobacco industry methods to capture youth and young adults. The report detailed how the industry has used a vast array of strategies, including marketing, retail level promotions, low pricing and manipulation of the product including the use of flavors and additives.  Please read below for additional information on youth and tobacco.


Youth under age 18 are...

SOURCES:

1 2012 Surgeon General's Report

2 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2008

3 DiFranza JR, Colman M., "Sources of Tobacco for youths in Communities with Strong Enforcement of Youth Access Laws," Tobacco Control, 10:323-3328, 2001.

4 Slater, SJ, et al., "The Impact of Retail Cigarette Marketing Practices on youth Smoking Uptake," APAM 161:440-445, May 2007.



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