Oregon Worst In Nation For Selling
Tobacco To Minors – Again!
This article was shared by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon January – March 2015 newsletter that is Distributed to 4,000 Addiction, Recovery & Prevention Professionals, AHP’s and Recovery Advocates Multnomah County Commissioners heard Tuesday that for the fourth time in five years Oregon has the worst record in the nation for selling tobacco to kids. Every year the state takes a group of 16-year-olds – who look their age – and asks them to buy cigarettes at about 800 randomly selected stores. This year 21 percent of those kids were successful. Multnomah County Commisioner Judy Shiprack said there’s been substantial success at stopping older people smoking, but…”While we’re patting ourselves on the back, our children are being trained up to be the next generation of consumers,” she said. Oregon is one of only about 11 states not to require a license to sell cigarettes. The Oregon legislature is expected to look at the issue next session. It’s also expected to consider banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Currently they can be sold to any child that walks into a store. In Sepember 2013 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a survey that showed use of e-cigarettes among middle and high schools students double from 2011 to 2012. The CDC found 10% of high school students had tried an e-cigarette last year, compared with 5% the previous year. According to the survey, 1.8 million middle and high school students said they tried e-cigarettes in 2012. Moreover, in 2012, an estimated 160,000 students who reported ever using e-cigarettes had never used conventional cigarettes. This is a serious concern because the overall impact of e-cigarette use on public health remains uncertain except we do know once youth are addicted to nicotine; they will try other products, including conventional cigarettes. E-cigarettes, because they are advertised as safe, are introducing youth to nicotine who may have never otherwise tried tobacco products. Youth are also reporting the use of e-cigarette devices to vape marijuana and other drugs. Fueled by a lithium battery and containig a cartridge, a vaporization chamber and a liquid that can contain nicotine or a marijuana extract that is usually high potency THC. Reported by OPB Lund Report, Herald and New, Join Together Gosh – it is great to hear that our seasoned population is getting to a place where they are stopping their tobacco use. However it is heartbreaking to witness our children or grandchildren being falling into the nicotine trap where quality of life is greatly impacted. I get it is difficult for young minds to fathom being a grandpa or grandma however what type of grandpa or grandma do they want to be? Hiking in the great outdoors with their grandkids or being held back because of an oxygen tank they may have to lug around. Thank you to ACCBO for sharing this and for the State of Oregon for looking to change the status quot to make a difference in the lives of our future!!! As always – Grace On You!!!