Whether smoked, vaped, or chewed nicotine is addictive and can harm the developing brain.
Utah’s youth are using e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product; most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Research shows that youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try regular cigarettes within a year.
With all the changing trends it is hard for Utah parents to keep up and know what to look for. The number-one reason kids choose not use a harmful substance is parent disapproval, so it is important for parents to talk to their kids about all tobacco products.
The Tobacco Talk highlights all tobacco products, tips for starting the conversation with your kids, and much more.
Tobacco is changing. Have the talk about all current and emerging products. Telling kids not to smoke is no longer enough. Parents and other adults need to be able to talk to youth about the variety of available tobacco products and their harms. They also need to be aware that there are ways (policies) that will protect youth. Tobacco is Changing pairs education with action to create long-term and sustainable changes that will protect Utah’s youth for years to come. LHDs are uniquely situated to engage their communities in these efforts.
Download a PDF of tobacco FAQs here
Watch the Utah Department of Health video warning parents of new tobacco products here
Utah Statistics – Smoking
-In 2017 11.1% of Utah youth used a vape product regularly.
-In 2017 2.9% of Utah’s youth used cigarettes regularly.
-From 2015 to 2017 there was no change in the use of cigars, cigarillos, and little cigars by Utah’s youth. -There was a decrease in use in all other traditional tobacco products.
-In 2017 32.1% of Utah’s 12th graders had experimented with a vape product and 15.5% used a vape product regularly.
-In 2017 59.8% of Utah youth who use a vape product also used alcohol compared to 23.1 of youth smokers.
-Most of Utah youth using cigarettes or vapes borrow or bum them.
-In Utah you must be 19 to purchase or possess any tobacco product.
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