by Max Brantley
FROM A STATE NEWS RELEASE
The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services (ADHHS) has published the 2006 Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) progress report. This annual report highlights the program’s goals, tobacco prevention successes, statewide funding, Stamp Out Smoking (SOS) marketing successes and the passage of the Clean Indoor Air Act.
By spending the available appropriately, the program’s efforts have resulted in major progress in Arkansas. Some examples of that progress are:
· A 25 percent decline in Arkansas youth who began smoking before the age of 11 from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, 17.6 percent of Arkansas youth had already begun smoking compared to 23.3 percent in 2000.
· A 41 percent decline in cigarette smoking among Arkansas middle school students from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, 9.3 percent of Arkansas middle school students were cigarette smokers compared to 15.8 percent in 2000.
· Current use of cigarettes among Arkansas high school students significantly declined 26 percent between 2000 and 2005. In 2005, 26.3 percent currently used tobacco compared to 35.8 percent in 2000.