World No Smoke Day raises awareness to curb tobacco marketing for teens

World No Smoke Day raises awareness to curb tobacco marketing for teens


World No Smoke Day raises awareness to curb tobacco marketing for teens

By WBNG News

World No Smoke Day raises awareness to curb tobacco marketing for teens

May 31, 2016 Updated May 31, 2016 at 7:44 PM EDT

New York state is cracking down on promotions and placement of tobacco products, which health officials say are a leading cause of smoking for adolescents.

In honor of World No Tobacco Day, Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga County are part of the New York State campaign, called #SeenEnoughTobacco.

“Smoking is the number one cause off preventable death. We really want to keep less people smoking as possible” says Reality Check Program Coordinator of Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga, Marissa Lamphere.

The U.S. Surgeon general says advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults. In New York State, the average age of a new smoker is 13 years old, and 90 percent of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18.

Chrstina Olevano, a parent from Endicott, thinks this campaign is an important wake-up call for parents and teens.

“I think that the tobacco companies should get this information in their face the same way that our kids have been bombarded in their faces for years,” Olevano said.

Along with the hashtag, the campaign launched the website, SeenEnoughTobacco.org, and a storybook for kids entitled “Jack and Jill (and Tobacco).”


Source: WBNG
World No Smoke Day raises awareness to curb tobacco marketing for teens

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