Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
The Tuscarawas County Health Department receives funds for this program from The Ohio Department of Health. The program is implemented in partnership with Personal Family Counseling Services (PFCS). The program seeks to engage local youth via STAND groups in each school district who are interested in educating fellow youth and local policymakers and community leaders on the risks of tobacco use.
Data from the 2015 Tuscarawas County Needs Assessment
14% of Tuscarawas County adults were current smokers in 2015 and 27% were considered former smokers
Tuscarawas County adult smokers were more likely to:
°Have rated their overall health as poor (33%)
°Have been divorced (30%)
°Have incomes less than $25,000 (26%)
°Have been under the age of 30 (17%)
Video created by Dover School STAND group
9% of Tuscarawas County youth in grades 6-12 were smokers in 2015; Increasing to 16% of youth 17 and older
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of youth were exposed to second hand smoke
Youth reported being exposed to second hand smoke in the following places:
°another relative’s home (30%)
°in the car (22%)
°at a friend’s home (21%)
°at a park or ball field (16%)
The tobacco industry spent over $7 BILLION in retail environment in 2011 on cigarettes alone, which is 87% of total spending on marketing and promotion
Product displays and price discounts like I’ve just shown are typical. The tobacco industry spends about $1 million dollars an hour keeping tobacco cheap and visible in retail stores. This is the vast majority (87%) of their total advertising and promotional budget according to the Federal Trade Commission who tracks these data.
Did you know???
Out of 102 tobacco retailers in Tuscarawas County 29% of them were within 1000 feet of a park or K-12 school.
•E-cigarette availability is particularly high in the cities of Dover, Uhrichsville and Bolivar (over 75% of stores)
•The city of Dover and New Philadelphia have a high average presence of exterior tobacco product ads per store (over 50% of stores had exterior tobacco product ads)
Tuscarawas County has high levels of:
•Stores that sell flavored little cigars or cigarillos (95%)
•Stores that sell individually packaged little cigars or cigarillos (93%)
•Stores that sell little cigars or cigarillos for $1 or less (79%)
•Stores that sell e-cigarettes (70%)
•Stores with cigarette price promotions (37%)
•Average price of the cheapest pack of cigarettes ($5.00)