miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2014 – 17 de Noviembre de 2014 – EEUU

Tobacco targets youth

Liz Bonney, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator with the Lake Region District Health is passionate about tobacco prevention, especially when it comes to protecting the youth of the area.

The 39th annual Great American Smokeout, which will take place on Nov. 20, encourages everyone to lead tobacco-free lives to prevent tobacco-related diseases and improve overall health and quality of life. The event is traditionally aimed at getting smokers to quit, but Lake Region District Health and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) are using the opportunity to educate on the best ways to prevent tobacco use among our kids.

Tobacco prevention efforts are more important than ever because tobacco companies are finding new ways to market their products to youth, which increases youth rates of tobacco use.

According to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report, “Advertising and promotional activities by the tobacco companies cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults.” Tobacco companies frequently use brightly-colored packaging and fruit-flavored tobacco products that look and taste like candy to entice kids to try tobacco.

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