slides: RI Kids Count Releases Report on Youth Tobacco Use in RI
Monday, October 02, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team
|RI Kids Count Releases Report on Youth Tobacco Use in RI|
See the Report in the Slideshow Below
The report, which focuses on the year 2015, shows that 8.8% of Rhode Island middle school students and 25.1% of Rhode Island high school students reported using any tobacco product, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, or e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.
The report also shows that in 2015 Rhode Island had the lowest self-reported rate of current cigarette use for both middle (0.9%) and high school (4.8%) students among ranked students in the U.S.
“Tobacco use is a major public health problem that affects many children, youth, and families. Tobacco use has caused over 20 million deaths in the U.S. since the 1960s, including 2.5 million deaths from secondhand exposure. Smoking can reduce life expectancy by at least a decade and remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability,” said RI Kids Count in their report.
Effects of Tobacco in RI
In Rhode Island, 1,800 adults die each year from adverse health effects from smoking and an estimated $640 million dollars is spent annually on smoking-related medical expenditures.
RI Kids Count Offers Suggestions
In their report, Rhode Island Kids Count makes several recommendations on preventing tobacco use among Rhode Island youth.
The suggestions include that the state should raise the purchase age, medical and oral health providers should promote quitting and state agencies, schools and educators should create prevention activities.
“State agencies, schools, educators, community organizations, healthcare providers, and public health officials should educate and engage youth in the design of tobacco prevention activities, media campaigns, interventions, curriculum, and advocacy efforts. Youth who are especially vulnerable to tobacco and nicotine products use should be prioritized,” said RI Kids Count.
RI Kids Count goes on to make several other recommendations and can be read in the full report below.