October 20th, 2017
To assess estimates of tobacco product use among U.S. adults 18 years or older, CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) analyzed data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey. In 2017, approximately 47 million (1 in 5) U.S. adults currently used any tobacco product, and an estimated 14 percent of adults were current cigarette smokers, down from 15.5 percent in 2016. Among current tobacco product users, about 87 percent (41 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19 percent (9 million) used two or more tobacco products.
The American Lung Association has a new Tobacco 21 resource for youth advocates! UpTheAge.com is filled with a multitude of helpful materials to help these teens in their advocacy efforts. From a Tobacco 21 Toolkit filled with downloadable facts and activities to a Tobacco 21 Petition, there are a variety of resources available. In addition to linking to local resources such as the TRU website, there is also a link for them to locate and contact their local legislators. Feel free to explore and take a look at the downloadable fact sheets, uprising activities (such as the “21 Reasons Why” social media video), and even the Tobacco 21 Petition. Please share this with your TRU members and get them involved!
This is a reminder to mark your calendars for the Pennsylvania Tobacco 21 Campaign Training webinar, scheduled for November 1st, 2018 at 10:00am! This training will officially roll out this year’s campaign, providing updates on current legislation, an overview of PACT’s advocacy strategy, TRU engagement, Tobacco 21 resources for advocates, and more. PACT will have a Tobacco 21 toolkit of advocacy resources available to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information for educating the public and legislators on this important issue. Be on the lookout for the announcement of the Toolkit in November!