State should raise tobacco age to 21
St. Cloud Times- April 18, 2016

Smoking and tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable death and disease in our state. Each year, 5,100 Minnesotans die from tobacco-related illnesses. To ensure a steady stream of new tobacco users to replace those who die or quit, tobacco companies are continually seeking new, young users and hoping to addict them for life.
Deniers and admitters: Examining smoker identities in a changing tobacco landscape
Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Introduction. Smoking prevalence has declined considerably over the past 30 years. This decline has coincided with a growing stigma against smokers and a trend toward nondaily or occasional smoking. Some individuals now deny being a smoker despite current cigarette use—i.e., “deniers”; conversely, occasional smokers who admit to being a smoker are defined as “admitters.” Although the “denier” phenomenon has been the focus of recent research, no studies have examined smoker identity in the context of emerging tobacco products and ongoing, statewide tobacco control programs. Recent data from the 2014 Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) provided an opportunity to address these research gaps.
Reader's View: Big Tobacco still recruiting young smokers
Duluth News Tribune- April 15, 2016

Minnesota consistently ranks among America’s healthiest states. Being healthy is something many Minnesotans value. As a family physician, I work daily to improve the health and wellness of my patients. But one group doesn’t care about our health. Its one goal is to make a profit off deadly products.
No Change in Tobacco Use among U.S. Youth; E-Cigarettes Preferred
Scientific American- April 15, 2016

Overall tobacco use among U.S. middle and high school students has not changed since 2011, a period in which use of electronic cigarettes increased dramatically, U.S. health officials said on Thursday. Given that most adult smokers begin using tobacco before age 20, health officials are concerned over the lack of progress in reducing tobacco use among U.S. youth.
Most online liquid nicotine vendors fail to prevent sales to minors
Science Daily- April 13, 2016

Across the United States, online vendors of e-liquids -- the nicotine-rich fluids that fuel electronic cigarettes -- are failing to take proper precautions in preventing sales to minors, according to a study by the University of California, Irvine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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