Children and Tobacco:Current Trends and New Legislation
Facts about Children and Tobacco Usage
82% of adults who ever smoked had their first cigarette by their 18th birthday.
Smoking among 8th and 10th graders has risen by 50% since 1991.
30% of 3 year old and 91% of 6 year olds identify “Joe Camel” as a symbol of smoking.
Tobacco companies spent $4 billion in 1994 to advertise and promote smoking.
Requirements Imposed by New FDA Rules:
No outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds
Only black and white, text-only advertising allowed in youth-related publications
No sale or giveaway of products (e.g. caps, shirts) with tobacco brand names or logos)
No brand-name sponsorship of sporting or entertainment events by tobacco companies
Vending machine sales are allowed only in facilities where adults are permitted
These new laws are intended to reduce the number of children and adolescents that begin smoking. For further details, see the FDA website:http://www.FDA.gov
The Clinton administration passed tough laws that are designed to reduce the number of young smokers.