In recent years, usage rates among children and teens are down. But that hasn't stopped tobacco companies from devising new ways to market to kids, whether it's by coming up with new ways to make smoking look appealing, or by inventing new products.
As part of our multimedia, Facing Cancer Together project, witf's Megan Lello spoke with Linda Doty, a prevention specialist with the Cumberland-Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission, about youth tobacco use and marketing:
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