Tobacco NUMBRS: Teen Tobacco Use in Rural Minnesota

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Teen Tobacco Use in Rural Minnesota

Rural teens start earlier, use more often, use smokeless

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The tobacco use landscape in the United States and Minnesota is evolving. E-cigarettes are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially among youth. However, products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco continue to have a stronger hold in rural areas due to decades of targeted marketing by the tobacco industry, which integrated tobacco use into rural culture.

Tobacco products contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm brain development as teens grow. Rural youth are at higher risk for harm, because they tend to begin using tobacco products at a younger age and use tobacco products more frequently.

This data brief dives deeper into rural youth tobacco use in Minnesota.

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Youth tools for quitting e-cigarette use

The Truth Initiative® recently announced a new e-cigarette quit program. This free text message program was created with input from teens, college students and young adults who have attempted to, or successfully, quit e-cigarettes. It's tailored by age group to give teens and young adults appropriate recommendations about quitting. The program also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape.

To access the new e-cigarette quit program, users can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884. Users can also enroll in This is Quitting or BecomeAnEX®, free digital quit programs from Truth Initiative that integrate the text program.

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About Tobacco NUMBRS

Tobacco NUMBRS (short for Tobacco and Nicotine Use in Minnesota: Briefs, Reports, and Statistics) aims to increase the visibility and accessibility of data on tobacco use in Minnesota. Tobacco NUMBRS features a series of data briefs, among other resources like factsheets and reports, highlighting findings from the Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey (MYTS) and Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) and the selected results of the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and other data sources.