Guam is in the midst of an epidemic of tobacco use. Our people have the highest rate of tobacco consumption among all US States and Territories, and we are paying the price for it. Everyday, at least one person on Guam dies from tobacco.
We have to stop the epidemic of addiction, disease, disability and death from this harmful product. We know what works, and what doesn’t. We need to put this knowledge into action, today…to ensure a healthy future for Guam.
What we are NOT:
We are against smoking and other tobacco use, but we are NOT anti-smoker and anti-tobacco user.
Over 60% of Guam’s smokers want to quit. Other tobacco users want to quit, too, but many need help to overcome the powerful addiction to nicotine. Our program aims to assist these smokers and tobacco users.
- Everyday, at least one person on Guam dies from tobacco use.
- Tobacco use is increasing among Guam’s middle school children.
- Over 60% of cancers on Guam are due to tobacco.
- Second hand smoke kills.
- Nicotine is highly addicting. Majority of Guam’s smokers want to quit, but are addicted.
- 66% of Guam’s students are exposed to second-hand smoke.
- In 2001, the tobacco industry spent ~$32 million per day for tobacco advertising in the US alone.
Every cigarette takes 7 minutes off your life.
Youth Tobacco Control Program Tobacco Addiction is the number one addiction among Guam’s youth
Based on the results of the 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey:1
One in twelve (14.7%) middle school students smoked a whole cigarette before the age of 11 81.5% of high school students who are current smokers tried to quit smoking in the past 12 months; majority failed to quit. This indicates that already, these young people are addicted to tobacco.
What works best to reduce smoking among youth?
Additional Tobacco Resources