As part of the National Kick Butts day, Wyoming Prevention Management Organization of Sublette County will hold an educational fair at the Pinedale Recreation & Aquatic Center to educate the community about the harmful effects of smoking.
New numbers show that Wyoming teenagers are smoking less. New Kids Count Data shows that in 1995 nearly 40-percent of high school students smoked a cigarette once in the last month. That number dropped to 22 percent in 2011. State Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Joe D’Eufemia said Wyoming increased its spending in preventive efforts in the late 1990’s, but he said two other actions may have had a greater impact.
This week is Wyoming’s annual “Through with Chew Week,” a campaign to get people to stop chewing tobacco. Wyoming has the nation’s highest rate of smokeless tobacco use among adults. And a 2011 study shows that 1 in 5 Wyoming high school boys chewed.Wyoming Department of Health Spokesperson Kim Deti says the Wyoming Quit Tobacco Program provides folks who want to quit with an important support system—and maybe even some free gas.