LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—According to the 2012 Surgeon General's Report, very few people start smoking after age 25. Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started by age 18; 99% started by age 26.
The La Crosse County Health Department wants the community to be aware of an increased popularity in other tobacco products, OTP.
Paula Silha, Health Educator said often times OTP comes in colorful packaging and fruit flavors that are marketed to a younger crowd.
Since they're available at convenience stores and super markets, she said they're tempting for youth.
"We want the community to know about other tobacco products so they can talk to kids about tobacco is tobacco is tobacco and there is no safe way to use it," Silha said. "Whether you smoke it, chew it, whether it s dissolvable it still has health impacts."
Silha said the more people that know about OTP, the less likely kids will think they're ok to experiment with.
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