Letter to the editor: Golden City Council should fight nicotine addiction

Posted 9/23/21

 

As a pediatrician and Golden resident, I’ve seen countless young people turn to nicotine to cope with stress, which has only been amplified by the impacts of COVID-19. As a parent, I …

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Letter to the editor: Golden City Council should fight nicotine addiction

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As a pediatrician and Golden resident, I’ve seen countless young people turn to nicotine to cope with stress, which has only been amplified by the impacts of COVID-19. As a parent, I am troubled by the way my children are targeted by the tobacco industry with candy-flavored vape juice, menthol cigarettes, and fruity cigarillos. As we continue to assess the multi-faceted impacts of COVID-19 in Golden, there are tangible policy opportunities that can have an immediate impact on youth health. This is why it is time for Golden City Council to end the sale of flavored tobacco products once and for all.
The tobacco industry has aggressively worked to block other flavored policy initiatives in the past, often perpetuating misleading arguments about adult choice. Yet the industry fails to mention that nine out of ten adults who smoke cigarettes started before the age of 18. According to the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, youth tobacco use remains problematic locally, with more than one in four Jefferson County youth reporting they currently vape. More recently, the National Youth Tobacco Survey found that more than 8 out of 10 youth in the U.S. who used e-cigarettes reported that they used flavored vaping products in 2020.
With so many issues feeling complicated these days, this one should be simple for Golden City Council: pass a tobacco policy that removes the appealing taste from a deadly and harmful product so that kids in Golden have the opportunity for a stronger and healthier start.
Amanda Jichlinski,
Golden

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