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Cigar, cigarette use declines among high school athletes

By jeremyc | September 3, 2015

According to a new study, the rates of cigar and cigarette smoking has declined among high school athletes in recent years. However, smokeless tobacco use has risen slightly and they are dipping, snuffing and chewing the substance.

According to the study authors, young athletes may be opting for smokeless tobacco with the false belief that it has no negative impact on their health.

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said, “We can do more to protect America’s youth from a lifetime of addiction. The fact is, smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, snuff or dip, can cause cancer of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. And the nicotine in these products is harmful to the developing brain. Because we know tobacco-free policies in schools and other public recreational areas work, we must take action now so that our children are safe from these toxins.”

The study was done by Israel Agaku, of the Office of Smoking and Health at the CDC, and it used data on high school athletes from the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey. On analysis, it was found that 19.5 percent of the survey respondents smoked cigars or cigarettes, down from 31.5 percent in 2001. However, the number of smokeless tobacco product users rose slightly from 10 percent to 11.1 percent over the same period.

Despite the increase in smokeless tobacco products, overall tobacco product use did fall significantly from 33.9 percent to 22.4 percent.

The researchers also found a link between the number of sports teams that children participated in and their tobacco consumption. For each team they participated in, young athletes’ chances of using smokeless tobacco rose. This was the opposite effect for smoking cigars or cigarettes.

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