Health behaviors are those activities and practices that serve to contribute to, or take away from, good health and the prevention of illness. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise are health behaviors that promote wellness; whereas, practices such as tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and obesity can contribute to poorer health. Smoking is linked to almost half a million deaths each year in the United States (CDC). Among adults surveyed through the Clermont County Health Assessment Survey (2019), 19.6% identified as a current smoker.
Youth who use multiple tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and are more likely to continue using tobacco into adulthood. Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe. The past 30-day use of cigarettes by youth decreased by 1.3% from 2018 to 2020 (Pride Survey 2019 - 2020). Among youth surveyed through the Pride Survey (2019 - 2020), 4.0% of youth used tobacco, and 16.6% used E-vapor products in the past 30 days.