Nearly all tobacco use begins in youth and young adulthood—88% of adult daily smokers smoked their first cigarette before turning 18. Approximately 18% of high school students smoke cigarettes. Nearly 10% use smokeless tobacco, and young people who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers as adults.
By helping teens and young adults avoid using tobacco, we will help them live longer and healthier lives. We can make the next generation tobacco free.
Is your child at risk of using or becoming addicted tobacco? Learn the signs and factors in this Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) resource.
Learn the basics and start a conversation with your kids about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Use this healthfinder.gov resource as your guide.
Use this lesson plan from the CDC to demonstrate what goes into a person's lungs with each puff of a cigarette and how that smoke affects a person's body.
Promote healthy alternatives to tobacco use with these CDC fact sheets, handouts, and guides.