Tobacco & Nicotine
- The 1998 national multistate Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the major cigarette manufacturers in the U.S. cultivated hope that payments from that settlement would be used to fund proven programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. By 2002, tobacco prevention funding across all states reached an all-time high of nearly $750 million per year. However, that early promise was not sustained. Within just 2 years, state funding for tobacco prevention was reduced by more than $200 million.
- As Governor of the State of Oklahoma, my goal is to create and maintain a happy, healthy, and productive state, but we cannot expect to improve the health of Oklahomans without addressing our state’s number one killer: tobacco. In fact, both of my parents died from smoking-related illnesses. After years of smoking, my father died from heart disease when he was younger than I am today. My mother smoked her whole life. At the age of 73 she had heart surgery, suffered a stroke, and was bedridden for five years before passing away.
- This issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examines factors associated with youth tobacco use–a timely topic given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco. In 1960, the outlook was grim. The probability that a boy born in 1960 would be smoking by the time he was 20 years old was about 35%.1 After more than a dozen Surgeon General’s Reports describing the health consequences of tobacco use, the youth smoking rate in 1991 was still 27.5%.
- Patterns of youth tobacco use in the U.S. are becoming increasingly complex with the greater availability, marketing, and promotion of a diverse set of tobacco products. Using data from the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the series of papers in this issue present a multifaceted examination of the attitudes and behaviors surrounding the diversity of tobacco products with a nationally representative sample of middle and high school students. Taken together, these papers represent one of the most comprehensive pictures of adolescent tobacco use in the U.S.
- Cigarettes are the greatest single threat to public health in the U.S.1 and worldwide.2 The good news is that teen cigarette smoking has been trending down in recent years.3 The bad news is that teen use of other tobacco products may be taking up the slack.
- Decreasing youth tobacco use is a significant public health priority. In the U.S., nearly one in 15 middle school students and one in four high school students were current tobacco users in 2012,1 and 5.6 million youth aged under 18 years today are projected to die prematurely from smoking-related disease.2 The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), signed into law on June 22, 2009, amended the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to provide the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to regulate the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of tobacco products to protect public health.