Approximately 1 in 5 teens light up. Budget reductions across the country have forced many youth prevention awareness programs to scale back or go dormant. This has led to a slowdown in the pace among teen quitters. With no awareness programs, teens are just not quitting at the same rates as in previous years.
While the rest of the country has scaled back, the Arizona Dept. of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease (ADHS BTCD) has continued to promote the award-winning youth prevention campaign, “Venomocity, Brought to you by Addiction.” Due to the use of voter protected tobacco tax funds, the campaign has remained a mainstay among targeted youth in the 12-17 age demographic. The use of social media has played a large part as well as the use of teens spreading the message. The messenger is always key and teens talking to each other about any issue always tends to provide the greatest results.
KPNX 12 recently reported on the decrease in teen quitters and spoke to ADHS BTCD Chief Wayne Tormala about Arizona’s successes in teen prevention and cessation.