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The Tobacco Facts

Measure Up Marion wants to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke in public places. 

Not Just Adults: A Pediatric Disease

  • Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence.1
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26.1
  • 18,900+ kids under age 18 start smoking in Florida every year.2
  • Marion County high school-age youth use slightly more tobacco than the average for all Florida high schoolers.3
  • Marion County middle school age youth use slightly less tobacco than the average for all Florida middle school youth.3
  • Nearly 11% of Florida high school students use e-cigarettes.3
  • Youth smokers in Marion County are growing users of hookah and e-cigarettes.3

“Tobacco use is actually a pediatric epidemic.  While it is adults who are dying from tobacco, it is kids who are trying the drug.  85% of new tobacco users start between the ages of 12 and 17, before it is even legal for them to have access to tobacco. Emerging products that target kids, including hookah and electronic cigarettes, have started to reverse the gains of public health efforts.”

Barry Hummel, MD, Pediatrician and Co-Founder of the QuitDoc Foundation

 

 

 

1http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/tobacco_use/index.htm)

2http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/county/marion/

3http://www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/survey-data/fl-youth-tobacco-survey/_documents/2014-county/_documents/Marion.pdf

  • Tobacco use is started and established primarily during adolescence.1
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 99% first tried smoking by age 26.1
  • 18,900+ kids under age 18 start smoking in Florida every year.2
  • Marion County high school-age youth use slightly more tobacco than the average for all Florida high schoolers.3
  • Marion County middle school age youth use slightly less tobacco than the average for all Florida middle school youth.3
  • Nearly 11% of Florida high school students use e-cigarettes.3
  • Youth smokers in Marion County are growing users of hookah and e-cigarettes.3