US Report Studies Youth Tobacco Use, Prevention

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says more work needs to be done to keep young Americans from
using tobacco products.

The 920-page report released Thursday recommends ways to keep young people from using the products, including tax increases, anti-smoking campaigns and increased regulation.

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says by focusing tobacco prevention efforts on young people, the country's next generation can be tobacco-free.

The report says more than 80 percent of U.S. smokers start by age 18. Each day in the U.S., more than 3,800 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette and more than 1,000 become daily smokers.

It's the first comprehensive look at youth tobacco use by the U.S. Surgeon General's office in nearly two decades.

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