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Teen Cigarette Smoking Hits Record Low in Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Date: Nov. 14, 2018

 

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Contact: Richard Foster

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Ninety-Four Percent of Teens Exposed to Tobacco Ads in Stores

RICHMOND- A new survey of more than 6,400 Virginia residents statewide finds that 94 percent of teens are exposed to tobacco advertising in gas stations and convenience stores. According to the survey conducted by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s volunteer high school action group, Y Street, 88 percent of teens responding rated the presence of tobacco ads in convenience stores and gas stations as “noticeable” or “very noticeable.”

Va. Secretary of Health Announces 10-Year Low in Youth Smoking

Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel announced that Virginia’s teen smoking rates have plummeted to the lowest point in 10 years! Secretary Hazel made his remarks at the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s fourth annual Virginia Healthy Youth Day event, which was held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17 at the State Capitol Bell Tower.

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