As e-cigarettes and vaping have grown in popularity, many have wondered how they might impact children’s health. In 2010 and 2013 NPCH Reports, adults across the country expressed high levels of concern about the potential for teens to become attracted to e-cigarettes and smoking.
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked both adults as well as teens for the first time what they think about restrictions for e-cigarettes. Teens and parents were in agreement that e-cigarettes should be restricted. 92% of parents and 91% of teens think e-cigarettes should have health warnings like traditional cigarettes. 84% of parents and 81% of teens think allowing teens to use e-cigarettes will encourage them to use other tobacco products. 64% of parents and 71% of teens support banning candy- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes. Read the full report - Teens and parents agree: Place restrictions on e-cigarettes.
Smoking and tobacco use remain among the top 10 children’s health concerns in the eyes of adults, with 45% of adults calling smoking and tobacco use a big problem in 2015. Today, the American Cancer Society is hosting their annual Great American Smokeout campaign, encouraging smokers to choose today as the day they quit smoking. For more information and resources, visit cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout.
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