31 March, 2017| By: Kevin Trieu
In a report by the Core Team of Tobacco Control, 120 Tobacco Control Leaders called on the US to renew efforts to curb tobacco smoking. Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths every year in the US, and the US currently has 40 million smokers. The report aims to reduce the numbers of smokers to 25 million by 2024. The main issue here: smoking cessation. We have made significant progress in tobacco prevention in youth. Our IYS data showed just 2% of 8th graders report smoking cigarettes in the past 30 days.
The report also recommended 3 key strategies to curb tobacco use among Americans.
- Raise taxes on combustible tobacco products, while keeping non-combustible tobacco taxes low.
- Increase access to tobacco dependent treatment i.e. gum, patch, etc etc.
- Updating policies to increase growth in development of safer nicotine alternatives such as ENDS.
The report is nothing new to me, and the strategies, don’t seem too out there. While, disappointing to hear that Tobacco 21 policy was not addressed, I am, however, very glad that this report was published. A report like this is needed to continue to raise awareness and the prevalence of smoking in our society. While, culturally tobacco is often looked down upon now, there as still a lot of people to who continue to smoke in the US. Any move or recommendation to greatly reduce these numbers is always appreciated.
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