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Don't Start

Although you may see people using tobacco in movies, tv, and advertisements, most teens, adults, and athletes don’t use it. The nicotine in tobacco products is addictive. The best way to be tobacco free is not to start. group of teenagers

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What Smoking Can Do To Your Lungs

Disease lungs caused by smoking. Learn more about the health effects of smoking at www.BeTobaccoFree.gov.

Text message from Chris to a friend: 'Hey, where are you?' Answer from friend: 'Katie stopped to buy cigarettes.' Chris responds: 'Cigarettes are sooo expensive. I wouldn't waste my money on that!'
Quiz yourself: Does 'social smoking' count as smoking? Click to find out the answer and to take the full 'Are You Hooked?' quiz

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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.

88% the number of adult daily smokers smoked their first cigarette before turning 18

Risk & Protective Factors

Is your child at risk of using or becoming addicted tobacco? Learn the signs and factors in this Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) resource.

Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

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.

Talk With Your Teen

Get tips for talking about tobacco and tobacco use with your teen from this OAH resource.

Ideas for Getting Started

Unsure how to start a conversation about tobacco use with your kids? Get tips in this OAH resource.

18% the number of high school students who smoke cigarettes

Where there's Smoke: The Effects of Smoking on the Human Body

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.

Tobacco Free Sports Initiatives

Promote healthy alternatives to tobacco use with these CDC fact sheets, handouts, and guides.