Research on Tobacco Use:
This publication points out that tobacco use "is not an equal opportunity killer." It further states that "smoking disproportionately affects those most in need such as the poor, the homeless, racial minorities, LGBT persons, and those suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders." These facts in mind, the publication recommends that further efforts in tobacco control should focus on those suffering disproportionately from the tobacco epidemic.
This article depicts the increasing amount of e-cigarette advertising to which youth are exposed, and a possible correlation to increased e-cigarette use. While some mistakenly believe e-cigarettes are a "safe" smoking alternative, the CDC points out that "most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued tobacco product use among youth."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on the Frequency of Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students
Concludes that "the use of tobacco products during adolescence increases the risk for adverse health effects and lifelong nicotine addiction."
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Middle and High School Students
Sheds light on the "growing concern that widely marketed varieties of new and existing flavored tobacco products might appeal to youths and could be contributing to recent increases in the use of tobacco products."
(A press release and infographic are also available here.)
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at Case Western Reserve University depicts trends in tobacco use among Cleveland youth from 2004 to 2013.
Shows findings that over 98% of Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools have at least one store selling cigarettes, cigarillos, or little cigars within a half-mile radius and that 57% of CMSD schools have at least one store selling tobacco within 1000 feet.
Research on Tobacco Policies:
A study on the effects of raising the minimum age for tobacco use to 21 in Franklin County, OH.
The city of Chicago has been working hard in the past few years to protect kids from the dangerous effects of tobacco products that are targeted to them. Learn more about the history of flavored tobacco products and the steps Chicago has taken to keep these dangerous products out of the hands of youth.
This resource from Ohio State University outlines the history of tobacco policy and issues that are relevant today. Read the presentation to learn more about how tobacco policy at the national, state, and local levels is changing, and what still needs to be done.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a video on implementing and enforcing smoke-free housing policies.
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