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27.6% of Carroll County high school students have used an Electronic vapor product.
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28% of Carroll County adult residents indicated they currently smoke cigarettes/cigars, chew tobacco or use other tobacco products.
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Local Statistics

The following local data was obtained from the 2019 Carroll County Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a county wide assessment that collects health data from both youth and adult Carroll County residents. The CHA helps capture data to show the current health and health needs of the county population.

Youth:

  • 27.6% of Carroll County high school students and 10.2% of middle school students have used an electronic vapor product in the past 30 days.
  • 43.4% of Carroll County High School Students and 24.3% of middle school students have used an electronic vapor product in the past. Electronic vapor products include e-cigarettes, vapes, vape pens, e-cigars, e-hookahs, hookah pens, and mods.
  • The most common ways that students got their own electronic vapor product was by borrowing it from someone else.
  • 29.5% of Carroll County high school students and 12.8% of middle school students have tried cigarette smoking in the past. Most high school students who have tried cigarettes in the past, 67.5%, were 13 or older the first time they tried cigarettes.

Adult:

  • More than one quarter or 28.0% of Carroll County adult residents indicated they currently smoke cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco or use other tobacco products. Every day users amounted to 21.9% of all residents.
  • More than half of tobacco using Carroll County adult residents indicated they were likely to try quitting in the next six months with 26% being very likely to quit and 33% being somewhat likely to quit.

Smoke-Free Living: Behaviors and Milestones

According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. Surgeon General, this is how your body starts to recover after quitting:

  • In your first 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
  • After 12 hours of smoke-free living, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
  • After 2 weeks to 3 months of smoke-free living, your circulation and lung function begin to improve.
  • After 1 to 9 months of smoke-free living, clear and deeper breathing gradually returns as coughing and shortness of breath diminishes; you retain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, which cleans your lungs and reduce your risk of infection.
    After 1 year, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.
  • After 5 years, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal.
  • After 10 years, you are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.
  • After 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.

Source: American Heart Association, Your Non-Smoking Life, Updated on April 20, 2017.

Tips for Parents

Be Part of the Solution!

Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend of a teen you can be a strong influence in shaping teens’ attitude about tobacco use. Here are some tips on how you can help!

  • Model tobacco/nicotine free living! Research tells us that children and teens who have parents who used tobacco/nicotine are twice as likely to use tobacco as well. (1)
  • Talk to your teen about tobacco/nicotine use. Let them know its ok to ask questions and discuss their feelings. It’s important to continue these conversations as your teen grows. (2)
  • Discuss ways to respond to peer pressure to us tobacco/nicotine. Encourage them to say no but also offer alternative responses such as, “It will make my clothes and breath smell bad” or “I don’t like the way it makes me look.”
  • Educate them on the short term and long-term effects of tobacco/nicotine use. (3)
  • Set firm boundaries about tobacco and nicotine use, and explain why.
  • Encourage kids to get involved in healthy activities that do not involve tobacco/nicotine.
  • Self-confidence is a teen’s best protection against peer pressure. Let them know you value their opinion and emphasize what they are doing right.
  • Encourage your teen to walk away from peers who don’t respect their reasons for not using tobacco/nicotine
  • Be informed! Keep up with usage trends and what to look for. Communicate with other care givers and local educators to know what teens in your area are using. (4)

Words to Know

Tobacco:

  • Inhaling
  • Dragging
  • Butts
  • Fags
  • Lighting up
  • Ciggie
  • Snouts
  • Stogie
  • Puffing
  • Darts
  • Vaping
  • Smokes
  • Cancer sticks

Non Tobacco:

  • Chew
  • Snus
  • Dip
  • Snuff
  • Rub
  • Spit
  • Fresh leaf

Vaping

  • Vooping
  • Mods
  • Tear drop
  • Cloud chasing
  • Vaps
  • Dab pen
  • Vaping
  • E-hookahs
  • Pods
  • Ride the mist
  • Juuls

Warning Signs

Warning signs of tobacco/nicotine use:

  • Smell
  • Low energy
  • Anxious and irritable behavior
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cravings
  • Poor performance
  • Changes in choice of friends
  • Warning signs of cigarette use:
  • Cigarette smell
  • Bad breath
  • Yellow teeth and fingers
  • Chronic cough
  • Short temper

Warning signs of vaping use:

  • Increased thirst
  • Nose bleeds
  • Cutting back on caffeine
  • Increased acne
  • Finding pens that aren’t really pens or unfamiliar items that look like a USB drive
  • Unexplained sweet scent
  • Finding discarded JUUL pods

Parental Tool Kits

The best prevention of youth substance abuse comes through parental conversations. Learn how to properly educate your children about the dangers of substance abuse. After all, if they don’t learn about substance abuse from you, they’ll learn about it from someone else. Take control of the situation and talk to your kids today!

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