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Accession Number PB2012-114427
Title Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 1395p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Tobacco use is a pediatric epidemic, around the world as well as in the United States. Although progress has been made since the first Surgeon Generals report in 1964, too many of our youth still use tobacco. Among U.S. high school seniors, one out of four is a regular cigarette smoker (Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2009, Chapter 3). Because few high school smokers are able to break free from the powerful addicting effects of nicotine, about 80% will smoke into adulthood. Among those who persist in smoking, one-half will die about 13 years earlier than his or her nonsmoking peers (Fagerstrom 2002; Doll et al. 2004). In addition to cigarette smoking, use of other forms of tobacco by youth and young adults is epidemic. Nearly one in five White adolescent males (12-17 years old) uses smokeless tobacco (YRBS 2009, Chapter 3), and 1 in 10 young adults (18-25 years old) smokes cigars (National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2010. The concurrent use of multiple tobacco products is common, too, with over 50% of White and Hispanic male tobacco users reporting that they use more than one tobacco product). The numbers are staggering. They translate into over a million new tobacco users a year in the United States alone. But there are proven methods to prevent this epidemic from claiming yet another generation, if our nation has the will to implement those methods in every state and community.
Keywords Chronic disease
Tobacco use
Young adults

Source Agency Public Health Serviceup n
NTIS Subject Category 44K - Health Services
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Public Health Service, Rockville, MD. Office of the Surgeon General.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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