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US: More work needed to stop youth tobacco use
The Miami Herald ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Felberbaum

Posted on 03/09/2012 8:32:31 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

RICHMOND, Va. -- More work needs to be done to keep young Americans from using tobacco, including creating smoking bans and increasing taxes on tobacco products, the U.S. Surgeon General's office said in a report released Thursday.

Almost one in five high school-aged teens smokes, down from earlier decades, but the rate of decline has slowed, the report said.

It says it's particularly important to stop young people from using tobacco because those who start smoking as teenagers can increase their chances of long-term addiction. They also quickly can experience reduced lung function, impaired lung growth, early heart disease and other health problems like asthma.

More than 80 percent of smokers begin by age 18 and 99 percent of adult smokers in the U.S. start by age 26, according to the 920-page report, which is the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use from the surgeon general's office in nearly two decades.

"In order to end this epidemic, we need to focus on where we can prevent it and where we can see the most effect, and that's with young people," Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We want to make our next generation tobacco-free, and I think we can."

The report details youth tobacco use, health impacts, and tobacco marketing and prevention efforts in the U.S. Officials hope the information will reinvigorate anti-tobacco efforts and spark public activism in reducing death and disease caused by tobacco use.

The report also recommended anti-smoking campaigns and increased restrictions under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority to regulate tobacco as other ways to prevent adolescents and young adults from using tobacco products.

Benjamin did not point fingers on why youth tobacco use continues in the U.S. Instead, she wants to see how the nation as a whole can best address the issue, she said.

"I don't want to focus on blame, I want to focus on prevention," she said. "I want to make sure we're doing everything that we can to prevent kids from ever starting to smoke or use tobacco products."

The surgeon general's office last issued a report on youth tobacco use in 1994, the first wide-ranging report on the topic by federal health officials. The new report is the 31st issued by U.S. surgeons general to warn the public about tobacco's risks. The first report in 1964 declared tobacco to be deadly.

Since the 1994 report, smoking among high school students has declined from 27.5 percent to 19.5 percent, or about 3 million students, but the rate of decline has slowed in recent years. About 5.2 percent, or 600,000 middle school students also are current smokers. According to the report, every day in the U.S., more than 3,800 people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette and more than 1,000 of them become daily smokers. They replace the 1,200 people who die each day in the U.S. from smoking.

"Too many of our children are addicted, too many cannot quit, and too many go on to die far too young," Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh said at a Thursday news conference.

The report also examined advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies, which have been shown to "cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults."

Tobacco companies have spent increasing amounts of money on marketing efforts to reduce prices, which health officials said in the report could influence access to price-sensitive youth and make cigarettes more affordable.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cigarettetaxes; nannystate; smokingbans; surgeongeneral

1 posted on 03/09/2012 8:32:35 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 03/09/2012 8:34:09 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Would Barack consider making the supreme sacrifice of the weed himself? If he considers himself worthy of idolatry at least he could be a more decent idol.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 8:35:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yup! The commies are raising taxes again in the name of “savin’ da planet”. God help us.


4 posted on 03/09/2012 8:35:50 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for Americans to WEAN the government off of OUR money!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Totally outlaw it and stop subsidizing tobacco farms and tobacco farmers OR SHUT UP about it!


5 posted on 03/09/2012 8:39:00 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If the government spent more time worrying about illegal drugs and getting rid of them, we would be better off.

But, of course, you can’t tax illegal drugs ... it’s all about the tax dollars, not about our youth.


6 posted on 03/09/2012 8:39:56 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
They gum chewers..are OK with that..

Whats the problem?...lol

7 posted on 03/09/2012 8:43:58 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
US: More work needed to stop youth more money wanted from tobacco use

Teen Mom reality TV star Jenelle smokes while pumping gas

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8 posted on 03/09/2012 8:46:33 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Closet smoker and what else? Not man enough to say he does it so leave me alone. After all my health care will take care of me. Not all smokers get or have lung issues. If you are my age (64) you might remember your folks having people over and the room being so smoke filled you could barely see across it. If 2nd hand smoke was what they claim, wouldn’t most baby boomers be dead or suffering from lung ailments? I hate statistical norms being used to group smokers. How about individual assessments and get away from the insurance company statistical basis for things. What about free will? Leave me alone. If I want your help, I’ll ask for it.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 8:57:20 PM PST by rktman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This crap pisses me off, and I don’t smoke, never have.

But I am damned sick of this.

If people want to smoke, I could give a rat’s ass. They can sit next to me in the damned movies and smoke up a storm.

I am sick of tired of being told by the state what I can and cannot do, and it is making me grind my teeth to know that MY DAMNED TAX DOLLARS THAT I WORKED HARD TO EARN AND PAY IS BEING USED TO THIS END.

I feel like I have finally hit a wall on this. God help us all.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 9:01:42 PM PST by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

While our country as we know it is about to burst into flame, they fixate on this useless garbage.

And this is just one thing.

Take every other nanny state issue, trans-fats, global warming, too many to even think of or name, and think of all the government employees who monitor them, enforce them, have tax dollars allotted to them, it is staggering.

And Obamacare has not even hit its stride.


11 posted on 03/09/2012 9:07:25 PM PST by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Irenic

She blowed up real good!

12 posted on 03/09/2012 9:15:17 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I remember the old days, people smoked everywhere and nobody cared. I still don’t care, I smoke a good pipe of my own creation, an English blend mixed with a classic American burley with a hint of vanilla. I have even gotten grief when smoking outside from people afraid I was hurting their child from twenty feet away in open air.


13 posted on 03/09/2012 9:15:45 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What is wrong with these people?

I’m too tired (and probably too drunk- not really - just kidding on that) to get into the utter fiction of this.

In a nutshell, the government is talking out of both sides of its mouth -— they can’t function without the tax money they get from tobacco and so they just keep making up this BS and do more advertising for the tobacco industry than it is permitted to do.


14 posted on 03/09/2012 9:15:45 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“In order to end this epidemic,”

Notice the words. Since when does a behavior constitute a disease? You can have a flu epidemic or a plague epidemic but not a smoking epidemic. These people tried (and are still trying) to make a behavior a “disease” such as the “epidemic” of “gun violence.”

This stuff is all carefully planned.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 9:18:48 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Too many of our children are addicted, too many cannot quit, and too many go on to die far too young,

Indeed. Most conservatives care about our children. Yes, yes the parents have a primary role but when that fails... Here is what Newt Gingrich (1997) said about society's role towards children.

Civilization cannot survive with twelve-year-olds having babies, fifteen-year-olds shooting one another, seventeen-year-olds dying of AIDS, and eighteen-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read.

16 posted on 03/09/2012 9:20:06 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
More trash from a government administration and bureaucrat that really has no job.

The SG adds no value. They are a worthless government entity that is always looking for a purpose and cause.

“Save the children,” got it. Who can be against that, right? It's like all other feel good nonsense from the government that can't be questioned.

17 posted on 03/09/2012 9:22:39 PM PST by Red6
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That BIG Tobacco settlement of the mid-90s was supposed to be the cure-all for everything tobacco related.

Looks like they are trying to build the case for another BIG Tobacco settlement — which will be the cure-all for everything tobacco related — until another decade — and another bit settlement.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 9:31:19 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Iron Munro

“Totally outlaw it and stop subsidizing tobacco farms and tobacco farmers OR SHUT UP about it!”

Exactly. They don’t go for an outright ban because they would lose a large revenue stream.


19 posted on 03/09/2012 9:32:59 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The anti-smoking zealots have made smoking the coolest thing imaginable for kids. When I was in high school, only losers smoked. Now, it’s the one thing a kid can do that will be a truly bad thing, so it is really cool.

Kids can have gay sex and everyone applauds, smoke pot — good.

Smoke tobacco — evil, therefore really, really cool.


20 posted on 03/09/2012 9:39:44 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: dog breath

Same here. Of course we know that most air is pristine —like something you would breathe standing on a mountain top — except in places where guys like you and I are sitting around having a pipe.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 9:39:59 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The only people I ever see smoking anymore are kids. At the price of a pack of cigarettes They are the only ones that can afford to smoke.


22 posted on 03/09/2012 10:03:30 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I quit smoking four years ago, but I plan to start smoking again on May 25, 2047. The day I turn Eighty. Boy I can’t wait I could really use a smoke.


23 posted on 03/09/2012 10:10:43 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Marijuana use and teen pregnancy, on the other hand, are perfectly all right to the generation of ageing hippies who make up a substantial fraction of the current adult population.


24 posted on 03/10/2012 5:30:58 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jim from C-Town
I quit smoking four years ago, but I plan to start smoking again on May 25, 2047. The day I turn Eighty. Boy I can’t wait I could really use a smoke.

My grand father died in his mid 80s, he had quit smoking many years prior. Lying in his hospital room dying, with my dad and me present, he asked me for a cigarette, you could smoke in hospitals back then. I looked at my dad and he just nodded his head yes. I gave my gramps a cigarette, even lit it for him. Then I went out and bought him a couple packs of his preferred brand. He died a couple of days later.

25 posted on 03/10/2012 5:53:33 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Exactly. They don’t go for an outright ban because they would lose a large revenue stream.

They shed crocodile tears and yammer on about health while scheming of new ways to use an issue to rake in more money.

And it is not just tobacco - they pervert any issue at all to gain power and money.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 6:49:07 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 03/10/2012 7:44:11 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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“Not all smokers get or have lung issues.”

==

I’ve posted this before. I’m 79 and have been smoking since I was 17. I’m in as good shape as most women my age.

I smoked during my 5 pregnancies. My husband also smoked. I raised 5 healthy non-smokers.

This insanity stopped being about health years ago. It is about control on some fronts and revenue on others.

They worry more about young people smoking than young people “hooking up” with multiple partners. No revenue in that,I guess.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 12:19:09 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Mears

I wonder how profitable selling condoms to 30 year old law students could be.................... I guess it all depends on how bad they want them I suppose.


29 posted on 03/10/2012 7:41:41 PM PST by rktman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Of course more work is necessary. That is what government drones do, they continue to be addicted to increasing their feifdoms in the interest of controlling others. How else do they increase their pay?

That many FReepers applaud such activity is very sad.


30 posted on 03/12/2012 7:25:13 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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