Great American Smokeout
According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use by youth and young adults causes both immediate and long-term damage. One of the most serious health effects is nicotine addiction, which prolongs tobacco use and can lead to severe health consequences. The younger people are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they are to become addicted. Today, more than 1 in 5 high school students use tobacco products including e-cigarette and vaping devices, such as JUULs, according to CDC. On November 15, 2018, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout event, which encourages tobacco users to take the first step toward quitting and achieving a healthier life.
- Prepare teens for the future by sharing how making healthy life choices at a young age, like choosing not to use tobacco, can lead to a healthier adulthood. Access our tip sheet on how to incorporate healthy life skills into your adolescent pregnancy prevention program.
- Share the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA’s) The Real Cost campaign with your program participants. The website includes quizzes, videos, games, and other interactive educational content for teens.
- Did you know that LGBTQ youth are more likely to smoke than their peers who are not sexual minorities? Share the FDA’s This Free Life campaign for LGTBQ youth with your program participants.
- Other groups of youth may also be more likely to use tobacco, including teens who identify with hip hop culture. Share the Fresh Empire campaign with your program participants who are interested in hip hop.
- Talk with youth about their mental health or connect them to a counselor who can help. According to CDC, there is a strong relationship between youth smoking and depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Create an environment for youth where seeing people smoke or use other tobacco products is the exception, not the norm. Find other best practices for tobacco prevention among youth from CDC’s Report to the Surgeon General.
Make a difference by helping prevent tobacco use and supporting teens who are trying to quit.