Smokeless Tobacco Products Substitute Cigarettes

Smokeless-tobacco products allure especially teens, even though they know that they these products are harmful for their health too.

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In general, researchers’ investigation lasted 35th year. They investigated the 10th and 12th graders from 389 schools.

During this long period they found a lot of changes and interesting findings. For example they found that marijuana use is becoming more popular among U.S. teens and that they have cut down on binge drinking and using methamphetamine. But recently they found that more local high-school students were using marijuana than smoking cigarettes.

However, almost all researchers and scientists said that it is too earlier to tell whether the mixture of new smokeless-tobacco products and leading advertising in magazines played a prominent role in the increases in the use of smokeless-tobacco products.

Some scientists reported that smokeless tobacco serves as gateway products for teenagers to cigarettes. The others explained that this product is a way to decrease the danger of tobacco use compared with cigarettes.

Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said: “These new products no doubt appeal to kids because they are easy to hide, bear the names of youth-popular cigarette brands, and come in candy-like shapes and flavors. More than 60 percent of smokeless marketing is spent on price discounts, involving coupons, which make smokeless tobacco products more legal and appealing to price-sensitive youth customers.”

The growth marketing of smokeless tobacco likely has had some effect on teenagers, explained Dr. John Spangler, a professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
“It should be noted that research does not support the idea that people will quit smoking by switching to smokeless. In fact, there is a very high risk that smokers who turn to smokeless tobacco become dual consumers of cigarettes and oral tobacco,” Spangler said.

Anti-tobacco advocates said that the number of adults who smoke rose from 19.7 percent in 2007 to 20.6 percent, or 46 million Americans, in 2008.

Researchers concluded that one factor in the continuing decline of cigarette smoking among teenagers may be hormonal.

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