Teen tobacco use in WV on the decline - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Teen tobacco use in WV on the decline

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

Tobacco use among youth in the Mountain State is declining, experts said.

Recent date released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Tobacco Prevention shows the percentage of high school students who reported they have never tried or used any form of tobacco has increased 124 percent from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 46.1 percent in 2013.

Over the same 10 year period, there was a 107 percent increase in the percentage of high school students who reported never having tried cigarettes.

"The data indicate our programs and outreach efforts by the Bureau of Public Health to increase youth awareness about the real dangers of nicotine are working," said Dr. Letitia Tierney, State Health Officer and Commission for the Bureau for Public Health. "The improvements that have occurred over the last 10 years are worth celebrating."

"We are not where we want to be as a state, but we are seeing measurable improvements."

The reports also indicated 18.6 percent of the state's high school students are smokes, a 52 percent improvement from 38.5 percent in 2000. Tierney attributes the success to teens participating in Raze, West Virginia's tobacco prevention movement. There are close to 4,000 youths enrolled in the program with 150 "crews" statewide.

"We are making significant progress," she said. "We must remember that Nicotine is a drug and it is addictive."

"We must empower our young people with information about dangers of tobacco, before they become addicted."

For more information about Raze visit www.razewv.com and for more information on tobacco prevention visit www.wvdtp.org.