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Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend of a teen you can be a strong influence in shaping teens’ attitude about tobacco use. Here’s the information you need to know.
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Be part of the solution!
Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend of a teen you can be a strong influence in shaping teens’ attitude about tobacco use. Here are some tips on how you can help!
- Model tobacco/nicotine free living! Research tells us that children and teens who have parents who used tobacco/nicotine are twice as likely to use tobacco as well. (1)
- Talk to your teen about tobacco/nicotine use. Let them know its ok to ask questions and discuss their feelings. It’s important to continue these conversations as your teen grows. (2)
- Discuss ways to respond to peer pressure to us tobacco/nicotine. Encourage them to say no but also offer alternative responses such as, “It will make my clothes and breath smell bad” or “I don’t like the way it makes me look.”
- Educate them on the short term and long-term effects of tobacco/nicotine use. (3)
- Set firm boundaries about tobacco and nicotine use, and explain why.
- Encourage kids to get involved in healthy activities that do not involve tobacco/nicotine.
- Self-confidence is a teen’s best protection against peer pressure. Let them know you value their opinion and emphasize what they are doing right.
- Encourage your teen to walk away from peers who don’t respect their reasons for not using tobacco/nicotine
- Be informed! Keep up with usage trends and what to look for. Communicate with other care givers and local educators to know what teens in your area are using. (4)
Warning signs of tobacco/nicotine use:
- Low energy
- Anxious and irritable behavior
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor performance
- Changes in choice of friends
- Warning signs of cigarette use:
- Cigarette smell
- Bad breath
- Yellow teeth and fingers
- Chronic cough
- Short temper
Warning signs of vaping use:
- Increased thirst
- Nose bleeds
- Cutting back on caffeine
- Increased acne
- Finding pens that aren’t really pens or unfamiliar items that look like a USB drive
- Unexplained sweet scent
- Finding discarded JUUL pods
The following data was obtained from the 2018 Tuscarawas County Community Health Status Assessment (CHA). The CHA provides an overview of health-related data for Tuscarawas County adults (ages 19 and older) and youth (ages 12-18) who participated in a county-wide health assessment from January – May 2018.
- 5% of Tuscarawas County youth were identified as current smokers, increasing to 12% of those ages 17 and older.
- The most common forms of tobacco products used were e-cigarettes/Vapes/Juuls, followed by cigarettes, Black and Milds, and chewing tobacco.
- More than half (55%) of youth reported being exposed to secondhand smoke.
- 63% of youth identified as current smokers were also current drinkers.
- 1 in 5 Tuscarawas County adults were identified as current smokers.
- The most common forms of tobacco products used were cigarettes, e-cigarettes/Vapes/Juuls, cigars, and chewing tobacco.
- 88% of Tuscarawas County adults believe secondhand tobacco smoke is harmful to them and their family’s health.
- 46% of Tuscarawas County adults believe that e-cigarette vapor is harmful to themselves and 38% believe that e-cigarette vapor is harmful to others.
exposed to secondhand smoke
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Behaviors of Tuscarawas County Youth
Current smokers vs. non-current smokers*
Note: Caution should be used when interpreting subgroup results as the margin of error for any subgroup is higher than that of the overall survey.
Smoke-free Living: Benefits and Milestones
According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Surgeon General, this is how your body starts to recover after quitting:
- In your first 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
- After 12 hours of smoke-free living, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
- After 2 weeks to 3 months of smoke-free living, your circulation and lung function begin to improve.
- After 1 to 9 months of smoke-free living, clear and deeper breathing gradually returns as coughing and shortness of breath diminishes; you retain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, which cleans your lungs and reduce your risk of infection.
- After 1 year, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.
- After 5 years, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal.
- After 10 years, you are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.
- After 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.
Source: American Heart Association, Your Non-Smoking Life, Updated on April 20, 2017.