Youth Tobacco Use in Boulder County
- Youth continue to use tobacco products. According to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 7.5% of high school students smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days.
- Youth use of electronic vapor products is on the rise. According to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, about 1 in 3 high school youth currently use an electronic vapor product and about half of high schoolers have tried an electronic vapor product.
New Tobacco Products Appeal to Youth
New products are emerging every day. Youth today face an ever-expanding range of items including:
- Little cigars, generally in packages of less than 20 and available in fruit and candy flavoring.
- Chewing tobacco, displayed in brightly colored shelving next to candy and other treats.
- E-cigarettes, available in fruit and candy flavors, and often displayed next to convenience products such as chips and candy bars.
You Can Make a Difference
Despite the impact of movies, music, and TV, parents, still have the GREATEST INFLUENCE on their teens’ lives.
- Talk directly to your child about the risks of tobacco use.
- Start the dialog about tobacco use at age 5 or 6 and continue through the high school years. Many kids start using tobacco by age 11, and many are addicted by age 14.
- Discuss the glamorization of tobacco in the media.
- Let your friends and family know that you don’t want them to expose your children to secondhand smoke. Help your child practice asking adults to not smoke in cars, especially when kids are present.
- For example, suggest that they say, “Thanks for giving me a ride home from soccer practice. My mom and I have talked about smoking, and it would be great if you could not smoke in the car with me.”