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January 2017 - E-cigarette Use a Serious Public Health Concern

  • In Montana, 30% of high school students use e-cigarettes – over 7 times the rate of use among adults.
  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is unsafe for youth and their developing brains.
  • The Surgeon General declared the rapid rise in e-cigarette use among youth as a serious public health concern in a report issued December 8th, 2016.

 

December 2016 - American Indian Youth

November 2016 - Focus on Tobacco Prevention

May 18th, 2016 - National Prevention Week: Tobacco Prevention

  • Kids who are frequently exposed to tobacco advertising are 60 percent more likely to have tried smoking.
  • In Montana, the tobacco industry spends more than $30 million each year on advertising; 90 percent is spent on in-store advertising.
  • The tobacco industry targets youth by selling smokeless tobacco and cigarillos in flavors like grape, cherry, strawberry and fruit punch.

February 2015 - E-Cigarettes

  • Dangerous chemicals and even explosions have been linked with e-cigarettes, which are unregulated.
  • Over half of Montana high school students report having tried an electronic vapor product and 1 in 3 report currently using them.
  • Poison control center calls in the U.S. related to e-cigarettes have skyrocketed from 460 calls in 2012 to over 3,000 in 2015; 58% of these involve children under the age of five.