Teen Tobacco Use Still A Threat

Although there has been a steady decline in tobacco use in the United States over the years, millions of teenagers are still using tobacco products and are main targets of tobacco companies.

TheĀ chart below shows that 19.6 percent of teenagers still use tobacco products on a regular basis. That totals to 2.95 million teenagers across the United States.

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The Center for Disease Control and prevention still label smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and in the last years, a campaign has been launched aimed specifically at ending smoking among teens.

Summer Olympics Ratings Drop For Opening Ceremony in Rio

The Summer Olympics always draws the attention of the whole world and for 16 days, we cheer on our nation’s best athletes as they go for the gold. But more popular than the games themselves is the Opening Ceremony that lights the legendary Olympic torch and features the hosting nation’s best attempt at a spectacle. In recent years, however, the ratings for the Opening Ceremony for the Summer Olympics has dropped in the United States.

The chart below shows the TV ratings of the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics every year since 1972. A note: The United States boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest of their invasion of Afghanistan.

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The highest ratings for the Opening Ceremony were when the games were hosted in the United States; 1984 in Los Angeles and 1996 in Atlanta. After the 2008 games in Beijing, China the ratings being to pick up again although they never reach the high of the Atlanta and Los Angeles games. Credit for this can go to the rise of celebrities like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles who shone in Athens and Beijing and drew more attention the games.

The ratings dropped significantly for the Rio Opening Ceremony in 2016. With a rating of 13.9, the ratings for Rio were not only down from London (21.0) but it was the lowest they had been in the 1992 games were held in Barcelona. Some of the blame for that was put on NBC’s decision to broadcast the Opening Ceremony at a later time.