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Reported May 16, 2013

Chewing Tobacco Still Used by Teens

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Although smoking has been declining in youths since the 1990s, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston discovered that between 2000 and 2011 there was no change in the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use, such as snuff or dip, among middle and high school students.

To determine the trend of smokeless tobacco use in American youths, researchers analyzed the results of the 2000-2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey. While the prevalence of smokeless tobacco among individuals aged 9 to 14 years decreased, teens between 15 and 17 years old actually used smokeless tobacco more than in previous years. The results suggest more action should be taken to lower smokeless tobacco use among youths in the U.S.

For more information, go to http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/also-appearing-in-this-issue-of-jama-10/.

SOURCE: JAMA, May 2013

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