The City of Columbus has a proud history of taking action in support of public health. Such leadership is needed now. According to the 2019 Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey, nearly one in four high school students and nearly 13% of middle school students have used a flavored tobacco product. In Franklin County, Columbus Public Health has seen an 8% increase in smoking rates for African American adults.
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Flavors like Cherry Dynamite, Mango Mania, Gummi Bear, Fruity Pebbles, Chocolate, Tropical Twist, Sugar Cookie, Fizzy Lemonade, Cool Mint, and Blueberry Ice are still readily available in various forms.
Youth e-cigarette usage has skyrocketed to what the US Surgeon General and Food and Drug Administration have called “epidemic” levels. Some 2 million kids nationally — one in six Ohio high school students — now use e-cigarettes.
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Columbus Urban League
Impact Community Action
National LGBT Cancer Network
Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation/Tobacco 21