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Youth Tobacco Use

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Cigarette use among high school and college age students is way down - a public health victory. But young people are increasingly turning to alternative forms of tobacco, most notably hookah and small cigars. According to a recent study, 1 in 5 Cuyahoga County high school students has smoked tobacco in the last month. The trend is alarming some experts, who say hookah can be even more harmful than cigarettes.


Erika Trapl, Associate Director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Margaret Stager, Director of Adolescent Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

Tom Vendeland, Junior at Kent State University and occasional hookah user

Phil Daman, President of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association

John Coleman, Manager of Cousin’s Cigar in Akron

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