Reduce the prevalence and burden of chronic disease through sustainable, evidence-based efforts at risk reduction and early intervention.
Percent of youth (grades 6-8) who currently use other types of tobacco including e-cigarettes.
Story Behind the Curve
Smoking and tobacco use costs Connecticut over two billion dollars a year in health care expenditures alone.
Each year in Connecticut, 800 youth become new daily smokers. Although vaping and the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) is fairly new, preliminary studies show many of the same negative effects as those caused by smoking
CT raised the age for the sales of tobacco products to 21 years old effective 10/1/2019. During the spring of 2019, more than 1 in 4 high school youth reported vaping or tobacco use during the past month.
In 2015, the CT School Health Survey ended data collection in middle school students for tobacco use. These data are current as of June 2016 and no new data is expected.
Connecticut Department of Public Health; Connecticut Department of Education; Connecticut Department of Revenue Services; Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; local prevention councils; local wellness councils; regional action councils; health care providers; and others.
Passage of higher tax rates on all forms of tobacco; expanded policies regarding possession and purchase by minors.
"NO LONGER APPLICABLE", data collection for middle school youth no longer possible.