Attached find a copy of the following article scheduled to be published this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Current Tobacco Smoking and Desire to Quit Tobacco Smoking among Students Aged 13-15 Years — Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 61 Countries, 2012 to 2015
CDC analyzed Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) data from 61 countries across the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions to examine the prevalence of current tobacco smoking and desire to quit smoking among students aged 13-15 years. The survey found that median current tobacco smoking prevalence among the 61 countries was 10.7% overall, and by sex it was 14.6% among males and 7.5% among females. In 38 of the 61 counties, tobacco smoking prevalence was significantly higher among males than females. In 40 of the 51 countries that collected data about the desire to quit smoking, the proportion who desired to quite exceeded 50%.
To reduce tobacco use and initiation by youth, countries can implement WHO’s MPOWER package, a set of evidence-based interventions. These interventions include: Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies; Protecting people from tobacco smoke; Offering help to quit tobacco use; Warning about the dangers of tobacco use; Enforcing bans on tobacco sponsorship, promotion, and advertising; and Raising taxes on tobacco. When implemented as part of a comprehensive approach, these strategies can help reduce youth tobacco use.