AG joins coalition warning against tobacco in video streaming

Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. (PNC file photo)

Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho has joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 attorneys general, urging the streaming industry to limit tobacco use in their video content.

Due to the growing use of tobacco products among teens, the attorneys general urged the streaming industry to take proactive steps to protect the lives of young viewers.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 2.1 million in 2017 to 3.6 million in 2018.

“Guam has one of the highest youth smoking rates in the country,” AG Camacho said in a statement. “We hope that the streaming industry shares our goal of reducing the use of tobacco products by young people.”

According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey for Guam, 1 out of every 5 students surveyed aged 13 – 15 years old reported using tobacco products. According to that same study, 1 out of every 3 students surveyed aged 13 – 15 years old were using electronic cigarettes. The survey was conducted in 2017 by the Department of Public Health and Social Service, in partnership with the Guam Department of Education.

In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that watching movies with tobacco imagery increases the likelihood that adolescents will become smokers.