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Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease and death in Chicago and the U.S.  It harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general.

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline (866-QUIT-YES) is a FREE resource for tobacco users who want to quit.  Nurses, respiratory therapists and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on-call 7 days a week, 7AM-11PM to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit.

The Many Tastes of ToxinsTaste of Toxins

The “Tastes of Toxins” campaign highlights that Other Tobacco Products are just as addictive and harmful as cigarettes, and that tobacco manufacturers use the products to attract and hook youth through candy and fruit-flavored options.  Like cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products contain the addictive drug nicotine.  Nicotine is readily absorbed into the bloodstream when a tobacco product is chewed, inhaled or smoked.

Types of “Other Tobacco Products”  
Bidis & Kreteks
Cigars & Cigarillo    
Chewing Tobacco & Snuff aka Smokeless Tobacco

Who is Using “Other Tobacco Products”?
While cigarette use and exposure in Chicago has markedly declined over the last 15 years, the use of and exposure to other tobacco products has remained steady and in some instances has actually increased.

  • Smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco & snuff) use by Chicago adolescents has increased by 51 percent since 2005.  This trend has also been seen among Illinois adolescents statewide, with smokeless tobacco rates increasing from 4.9 percent in 2009 to 8.4 percent in 2013.  CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available at: www.cdc.gov/yrbs.
  • According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students doubled from 2011 to 2012.  Moreover, 76.5 percent of e-cigarette users also smoke conventional cigarettes.  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6345a2.htm.
  • Hoookah use has also been rapidly increasing among adolescents with surveys indicating that 1-in-5 high schools boys and 1-in-6 high schools girls have tried hookah in the past year.

American Lung Association's Glossary of Other Tobacco Products#FruitFlavoredPoison
More than 40 percent of middle and high-schoolers who smoke use flavored little cigars or flavored cigarettes.

In 2011 the sale of flavored products accounted for more than half of all moist snuff sales.

Unlike cigarettes, smokeless tobacco can still be sold in a variety of kid-friendly flavors including apple, peach, vanilla, berry blend and citrus blend, in addition to wintergreen and spearmint/mint.  

Smokeless tobacco products are heavily advertised and promoted, with the top five smokeless tobacco companies in the U.S. more than tripling their total advertising and marketing expenditures from 1998 to 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available).  The Federal Trade Commission reports that in 2011, these smokeless tobacco companies spent $451.7 million to advertise and promote their products.  Studies have shown that youth are especially vulnerable to marketing tactics that make tobacco products seem safer than they are and these marketing tactics result in higher initiation rates.


Most Recent News (Tobacco Prevention)

Aug 17, 2015 More than 40 Local Advocacy Groups Unite for "Nobody Quits Like Chicago," August 17-21
Feb 3, 2015 Tastes of Toxins Campaign Sheds Light on Health Risks of Using Other Tobacco Products
Nov 3, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Announces City Action Against Restraining Order Filed by Local Tobacco Industry Vendors
Oct 9, 2014 City of Chicago Investigators Crackdown on 165 Businesses in 60 Days for Tobacco Violations
Sep 22, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Launches Video Contest to Get Youth Active in the Fight Against Big Tobacco

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