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Anti-smoking campaign targets teens: A breakdown of local counties

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced Tuesday a new anti-smoking campaign targeting a younger audience.

The campaign, titled "The Real Cost," aims to prevent teens from smoking, using images depicting what side effects smoking could have on our nation’s youth. The year-long campaign will begin running across the country on February 11. Ads will be seen on a variety of teen-focused media such as MTV, Teen Vogue magazine and Facebook.

According to the FDA, nearly 90 percent of adult smokers started using cigarettes by age 18 and more than 700 kids under 18 become daily smokers each day. The agency aims to reduce the number of youth cigarette smokers by at least 300,000 within three years.

The campaign had News Channel 8 wondering the prevalence of teen smokers in our area, so we found out the number of teen smokers per county to show you just how big of an issue smoking is for Florida youth. The data shows the percentage of middle school and high school students per county who have smoked one or more cigarettes in a 30-day period, compared to state-wide numbers.

According to the Florida Department of Health, 3.3 percent of middle school students and 10.1 percent of high school students have smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days in the state.

Here is a breakdown of how those numbers* compare to each of our counties:

County
Percentage of middle school students who have smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days
Percentage of high school students who have smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days Link to county's full report
(State of Florida)
3.3%
10.1%

Citrus
6.7%
17.8%
Full Report for Citrus County
Desoto
4.8%
12.9%
Full Report for Desoto County
Hardee
6.8%
No data
Full Report for Hardee County
Hernando
3.5%
15.8%
Full Report for Hernando County
Hillsborough
2.8%
7.4%
Full Report for Hillborough County
Manatee
3.9%
11.2%
Full Report for Manatee County
Pasco
4.1%
11.8%
Full Report for Pasco County
Pinellas
2.8%
13%
Full Report for Pinellas County
Polk
5.8%
12.5%
Full Report for Polk County
Sarasota
4.6%
16.8%
Full Report for Sarasota County


Tune in at 4 p.m. to see an expert from USF discuss if these ads will work.  

What do you think? Will these ads be affective? Head to our Facebook page to share your opinion.


*Data from the 2012 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey County Reports collected by the Florida Health Department. About: The Florida Youth Tobacco Survey (FYTS) was administered in the spring of 2012 to 38,989 middle school students and 36,439 high school students in 746 public schools throughout the state. The overall survey response rate for middle schools was 77%, and the overall survey response rate for high schools was 73%.




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