Tobacco use prevention
- Gov. Inslee signs new law that raises legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products (04/09/19)
- FDA reports seizures in some youth and young adult e-cigarette users (04/03/19)
- CADCA best practice publication on Juuling endorsed by Surgeon General (03/05/19)
- 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey findings released (12/27/18)
- U.S. Surgeon General officially declares e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic (12/19/18)
Addressing tobacco use is a state priority.
- Nine out of 10 smokers start by age 18, and 99% percent start by age 26 (The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014).
- Cigarette use is responsible for about 17-19 percent of all deaths in Washington (Washington State Tobacco Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan, 2017-2021).
Tobacco use by youth in Washington State:
- E-cigarette/vapor product use increased significantly between 2016 and 2018. 10th grade youth reporting vape useage in the past 30 days increased from 13% in 2016 to 21% in 2018. (Healthy Youth Survey, 2016).
- 55% of 10th grade youth who vaped also reported using marijuana in 2018, compared to 7% of those who do not vape (Healthy Youth Survey, 2018).
Prevention strategies are being implemented throughout the state at local, county, and state levels, across the Continuum of Care that influence multiple domains and risk and protective factors. Here is a list of some state-wide initiatives focused specifically on tobacco:
- Washington State Tobacco Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan SFY 2017-2021 - provides goals, strategies, and tactics that guide tobacco prevention and control throughout Washington State. The development of this plan was facilitated by the Washington State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program.
- Tobacco and Vapor Product Prevention and Control Program - Washington State Department of Health
- Multi-agency support of Annual Synar Report to ensure compliance with Public Health Service Act and the Tobacco Regulation for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant
The Synar Amendment requires states to enact and enforce laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 18. Each state is required to completed unannounced compliance checks of tobacco retailers and report the violation rate annually to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Washington State Synar stakeholder information:
- DBHR’s Washington's Best Practices for Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Guide
- Washington State Tobacco Prevention and Control Five-Year Strategic Plan SFY 2017-2021
- Tobacco - Department of Health
- Smoking & Tobacco Use – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Youth Tobacco Prevention – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014
Community groups can play a key part in keeping tobacco and vapor products out of the hands of youth by reaching out to their local retailers. Here are some resources to help:
Prevention System Manager