viernes, 11 de octubre de 2013 - 11 de octubre de 2013 - UK

Youth tobacco rates up in smoke
Flavored tobacco is making it tougher to curb the smoking habits among Manitoba youths, experts say.

According to a national survey conducted by the University of Waterloo between October 2010 and June 2011, 49% of the 7,471 Grade 9-12 surveyed students who smoked in Manitoba inhaled flavored tobacco.

"We've seen Manitoba youth rates decline (1% annually) and we need to get a handle on this before it's reversed," Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance executive director Murray Gibson said Monday. "It's also a concern that smokeless flavored tobacco use is getting even higher."

Gibson said that chewing tobacco has become a problem among local hockey, football and baseball teams.

Manitoba High School Athletics Association executive director Moe Glimcher confirmed that some high school coaches have confronted the problem.

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