I have been fortunate over the last few years to have partnered with the extraordinary people at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids! They have sensitized me to the persistent challenges, and opportunities, associated with combatting youth tobacco consumption. As such, I noted with interest the startling statistical data released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was obtained via a national survey of middle and high school students regarding their tobacco use.
As stated on the FDA’s website: “We are committed to a science-based approach that addresses the public health issues associated with tobacco use. That’s why we are collaborating with CDC on the only nationally representative survey of middle and high school students that focuses exclusively on tobacco use – the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). The CDC’s NYTS was designed to provide national data on long-term, intermediate, and short-term indicators key to the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs.”
Take a look at the data gathered on the “Youth Tobacco Use – Results From the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey“.