Stop Big Tobacco From Targeting Ohio Kids

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About the Campaign

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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Targeted Communities

Tobacco companies continue to aggressively market menthol-flavored cigarettes to kids, African Americans, Latinos and other demographic groups as they have for decades.

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Egregious Flavors

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.

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A Youth Epidemic

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.

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Get the Facts

 

30%
of Ohio high school students and 12% of middle school students smoke e-cigarettes.

 

10%
of Ohio high school students smoke cigarettes, cigars or cigarillos.

 

10%
of Ohio high school students use smokeless tobacco.

Partners

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
YWCA Columbus

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