Youth Tobacco Report Alarms Surgeon General

By Scott Sarvay

Youth Tobacco Report Alarms Surgeon General

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The first report on youth tobacco since 1994 has shocked the U.S. Surgeon General.

The report finds that recent dramatic progress in reducing teen cigarette smoking has slowed lately.

It says more high school students are using smokeless tobacco and that at least half of white and Hispanic male tobacco users and nearly half of Hispanic female users both smoke and chew tobacco.

The 920-page report released Thursday recommends tax increases, anti-smoking campaigns and increased regulation.

The Surgeon General says by focusing tobacco prevention efforts on young people, the country's next generation can be tobacco-free.

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