News

Legislation Needed to Deter Young People From Using Hookah, Says CDC

A recent report in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) journal Preventing Chronic Disease finds that almost one-fifth of the nation’s 12th-graders report using hookahs – large water-pipes that are commonly found in bars and lounges – to smoke shisha, a form of flavored tobacco that carries many of the same health risks found in cigarettes.

While researchers note that youth cigarette smoking has dwindled by half from 1998 to 2009, the report indicates that a growing number of adolescents are using hookahs to smoke flavored tobacco. Researchers found that about 18.5 percent of high school seniors smoked shisha last year, which is often sweetened to taste like fruits, coffee and even candies.

Although the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act outlawed the manufacturing of most flavored cigarettes, the federal ban does not cover other tobacco products, including the varieties normally used in hookah lounges. To deter young people from using hookahs, the authors of the report suggest raising the overall price of tobacco – specifically, “equalizing” federal tax rates for cigarettes and pipe tobacco – as well as placing warning labels on shisha and expanding the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act to outlaw the shipping of tobacco varieties commonly used in hookahs by the U.S. Postal Service.

“Predictors of youth hookah smoking are similar to predictors of youth cigarette smoking,” the report concludes. “Therefore, successful strategies for reducing cigarette use among youth and young adults should also work for hookah use.”

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Categories

Archives

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top