RD180 - Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth 2022 Annual Report
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) remains steadfast in its commitment to tackling the two leading causes of preventable death: tobacco use and obesity, as well as a rising concern, substance use.
Over the last decade, VFHY has been working relentlessly on reducing youth tobacco use and has seen incredibly positive results from our comprehensive approach. Since 2011 high school smoking rates in Virginia have dropped from 15% to 2.8%. It is estimated that our prevention work contributes to preventing at least 118,000 of Virginia’s youth from smoking each year.
Unfortunately, youth continue to be at risk of using new products brought into the market each year. Currently, we are seeing products like e-cigarettes that contain nicotine or marijuana (cannabis) and other products that contain levels of THC. We continue to educate our grantees on these issues, and fund state-wide public health marketing campaigns that address the ongoing threats to public health.
VFHY looks to continue collaborating with other public and private partners to empower youth to make healthy choices and will remain a great steward of the funds received from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
/s/ Marty Kilgore