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Tobacco Use & Prevention

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June 2017 - Montana Tobacco Quit Line

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

  • In Montana, 50% of American Indian youth currently use some form of tobacco or nicotine containing product.
  • Among Montana’s American Indian youth, 34% currently use electronic vapor products  (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, and hookah pens)
  • The Montana Tobacco Use and Prevention program launched a culturally sensitive commercial tobacco quit line for American Indian callers that is solely staffed by American Indian coaches. For more information visit their website or call 1.855.372.0037.

November 2016 - Focus on Tobacco Prevention

  • Among adults who become daily smokers, approximately 90 percent report first use of cigarettes before reaching 19 years of age and almost 100 percent report first use before age 26.
  • Raising the minimum tobacco sales age to 21 could dramatically reduce tobacco use among Montana’s next generation.  Two states and approximately 200 cities and counties have passed tobacco 21 legislation.
  • Almost 40% of Montana high school students are currently using at least one type of tobacco or nicotine containing product.

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.