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According to the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, teens who use e-cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products report smoking cigarettes one year later. The researchers studied cigarette-smoking initiation among more than 10,000 participants. When first interviewed at ages 12-17, roughly half of the group reported that they had used e-cigarettes, hookah, snuff, or other non-cigarette tobacco products, but never cigarettes; the rest said they had always been completely tobacco-free. When re-interviewed one year later, those who reported having used a non-cigarette tobacco product were twice as likely to have smoke cigarettes during the past 30 days.
If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, you’re in good company. It’s a popular goal and many people succeed. There are more former smokers in the United States-nearly 50 million-than current smokers. Planning can help make your healthy resolution a reality. Quitting smoking is challenging but it’s important to choose the best quit method for you, prepare ahead and change your routines, let others help you and lastly talk to your doctor or health care provider.
Since the states settled their lawsuits against the major tobacco companies in 1998, annual reports have assessed whether the states are keeping their promise to use a significant portion of their settlement funds to attack the enormous public health problems caused by tobacco use in the United States Despite receiving huge sums from the settlement and collecting billions more in tobacco taxes, the states continue to shortchange tobacco prevention and cessation programs that we know save lives and money. For fiscal year 2017 Pennsylvania only spent 9.9% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention and cessation programming.