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RI KIDS COUNT Issue Brief: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use in Rhode Island

16 Nov 2017 12:14 PM | Tom DiPaola (Administrator)

 

RI Kids Count Issue Brief Preventing Youth Tobacco Use in Rhode Island

Tobacco use is a major public health concern that affects many children, youth, and families in Rhode Island and the U.S. Smoking can reduce life expectancy by at least a decade and remains a leading cause of chronic disease, preventable death, and disability. Tobacco products of any kind and e-cigarettes are unsafe because they contain numerous harmful chemicals that negatively impact health. Preventing, identifying, and treating youth and adult tobacco use requires the complementary and sustained efforts of health care providers, public health officials, parents, policymakers, educators, and others. 
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