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Florida Youth Tobacco Survey Results Show a Sharp Decline in Youth Tobacco Use in Bradford County
by Jenna Hewett, March 10, 2015

The county level data from the 2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) was published and there is a lot to celebrate among Bradford County Tobacco Free Partnership members, SWAT members, and community partners who support the tobacco prevention program. 

QuitDoc first received the tobacco prevention grant in July of 2012. The FYTS was already completed for 2011-2012 at this point. This information allows us to see what progress has been made since QuitDoc received the grant in 2012.

QuitDoc has been able to impact many areas in youth prevention through the tobacco-prevention program in Bradford County. This survey was completed two years into our work in Bradford County. We are excited about the work we have been able to accomplish. Here are the numbers for comparison which show the percent of students who have used each product within the last 30 days. Among high school students we see a slight increase in smokeless tobacco use. Middle school students also had a slight increase in cigarette use. Every other category saw dramatic reductions in youth use.

Middle School
2008
2014
Percent Change
Cigarettes
6.0%
6.5%
+5.5%
Cigars 
8.8%
5.0%
-43.2%
Smokeless
8.7%
4.8%
-44.8%
Any Form
16.5%
11.5%
-30.3%

High School
2010
2014
Percent Change
Cigarettes
12.9%
11.2%
-13.2%
Cigars 
15.2%
11.9%
-21.7%
Smokeless
14.3%
15.2%
+6.3%
Any Form
29.0%
27.9%
-3.8%

Another exciting change among 11-17 year old youth in Bradford County is there was a 14.5% reduction in exposure to secondhand smoke.

Bradford ETS Exposure

The data show us that the work of SWAT youth, the Tobacco Free Partnership, community partners serving youth such as the Bradford County School District, and policy interventions such as the county resolution reducing youth access to candy flavored tobacco in convenience stores are working together to keep more Bradford County youth tobacco free. 

These numbers matter because they represent real children and real lives in our community.  The percent change in tobacco use among youth in Bradford County could very well mean lives have been saved because these young people have never become regular smokers or spit tobacco users. What we have accomplished is worth celebrating, but we can’t afford to stop or rest now.  Tobacco companies have new products on the market every year, and we know that our youth in Bradford County are trying and using products like hookah and e-cigarettes on a regular basis.  Let’s celebrate our success and use the lessons we’ve learned to continue working toward a tobacco-free future for our youth in Bradford County!

For a full report on the 2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey Resuilts for Bradford County, click here.

For more information on the tobacco prevention program in Bradford County, contact Jenna Hewett at jhewett@quitdoc.com.