Harvard Conference: Smokeless Tobacco and Youth Prevalence


by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate

Reporting from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: Regulatory Science and the Tobacco Industry at Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Gary Giovino, University of Buffalo, presented on Tobacco Use in American in the Last Decade (2000-2010). There is more tobacco use of non-traditional forms. For instance cigar use is going up with pipes and snuff. (Everything but chewing tobacco, but I mean, gross…not surprised!) Even though cigarette prevalence has gone down, smokeless tobacco is leveled. This is true for youth with rates level that don’t adjust down with cigarette prevalence. Additionally, menthol tobacco use is continuing its rate.

There are concerns with flavored products, deceptive and regulated advertisements of smokeless tobacco are real future considerations. These attract youth, getting youth hooked and contributing to the cycle of tobacco use, because its youth that the tobacco industry relies on to continue its lethal work.

This is why it’s so important to keep track of trends of tobacco industry, but understand they are not hard to follow as the same tired tactics continue: deception and marketing to youth.

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