Teen tobacco use in WV on the decline - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

Teen tobacco use in WV on the decline

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Woman suffers minor injuries after car rolls on I-77 in Raleigh County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:13:55 GMT
    Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.Car rolled multiple times on I-77 North in Raleigh County.
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
    In Raleigh County, a woman is miraculously not seriously injured, after her car rolls over on I-77 around 6:30 Wednesday night.An eyewitness tells us the woman was driving in the left lane on the northbound side. She suddenly veered off the road, over corrected,then slammed into the side of a tractor trailer. The car rolled multiple times before coming to a stop on it's roof.The witness says two small dogs ran out of the car. Moments later, the woman crawled out and ran after one of the dogs....
  • Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Two Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:06:28 GMT
    Yonts and McGee face several chargesYonts and McGee face several charges
    Two were arrested late Wednesday night (7/30) on several charges in Fayette County.
    Two were arrested late Wednesday night (7/30) on several charges in Fayette County.
  • Flag cut down at Raleigh County Public Library in Beckley

    Flag cut down at Raleigh County Public Library in Beckley

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:46:27 GMT
     The incident happened at midnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28. Officials with the library said that a person stood outside the library a made sure that no one was inside at the time.
     The incident happened at midnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28. Officials with the library said that a person stood outside the library a made sure that no one was inside at the time.

Tobacco use among youth in the Mountain State is declining, experts said.

Recent date released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Division of Tobacco Prevention shows the percentage of high school students who reported they have never tried or used any form of tobacco has increased 124 percent from 20.6 percent in 2000 to 46.1 percent in 2013.

Over the same 10 year period, there was a 107 percent increase in the percentage of high school students who reported never having tried cigarettes.

"The data indicate our programs and outreach efforts by the Bureau of Public Health to increase youth awareness about the real dangers of nicotine are working," said Dr. Letitia Tierney, State Health Officer and Commission for the Bureau for Public Health. "The improvements that have occurred over the last 10 years are worth celebrating."

"We are not where we want to be as a state, but we are seeing measurable improvements."

The reports also indicated 18.6 percent of the state's high school students are smokes, a 52 percent improvement from 38.5 percent in 2000. Tierney attributes the success to teens participating in Raze, West Virginia's tobacco prevention movement. There are close to 4,000 youths enrolled in the program with 150 "crews" statewide.

"We are making significant progress," she said. "We must remember that Nicotine is a drug and it is addictive."

"We must empower our young people with information about dangers of tobacco, before they become addicted."

For more information about Raze visit www.razewv.com and for more information on tobacco prevention visit www.wvdtp.org.