Thursday, September 13, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Current Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students – United States, 2011.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. August 10, 2010;61(31):581-585.
This study analyzed data from the 2011 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). Results showed that in 2011, the prevalence of current tobacco use among middle school and high school students was 7.1% and 23.2%, respectively, and the prevalence of current cigarette use was 4.3%, and 15.8%, respectively. Prevalence of current tobacco use, current combustible tobacco use, and current cigarette use decreased from 2000 to 2011 among middle school students and high school students. However, among high school non-Hispanic black students, an increase in cigar use [including little cigars and cigarillos] was seen from 2009 to 2011. The authors conclude that interventions proven to reduce tobacco use among youth should continue to be implemented as part of a national tobacco control strategy.
Increases in Quitline Calls and Smoking Cessation Website Visitors During a National Tobacco Education Campaign — March 19–June 10, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Weekly. August 31, 2012. 61(34).
This study describes CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign and the impact of the campaign on quitline calls and unique website visitors as compared to the same time period in 2011 (a 132% increase in calls, and a 428% increase in website visitors). A fact sheet with highlights has also been released. Results indicate that an evidence-based, emotionally evocative national tobacco education ad campaign can substantially increase calls to state quitlines and unique visitors to a cessation website. The increase indicates that many smokers are interested in quitting and in finding out more about cessation assistance, and will respond to motivational messages that include an offer of help. This analysis provides additional evidence that, within the context of comprehensive tobacco control efforts, tobacco education media campaigns are an important intervention for increasing cessation. The online version of the journal is available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr.