Great American Smokeout
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 currently use tobacco.
You can help make a difference:
- Prep teens for the future by sharing how making healthy life choices at a young age can lead to a healthier adulthood.
- Encourage tobacco-free environments and lifestyles.
- Talk with youth about their mental health. There is a strong relationship between youth smoking and depression, anxiety, and stress.
- Work to limit where and how all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, are sold to reduce youth use and exposure.
- Support high-impact media campaigns designed to support youth and prevent tobacco use.
Get Started -Check out:
- The Real Cost Youth, Tobacco Prevention Campaign, FDA
- This Free Life LGBTQ Youth, Tobacco Prevention Campaign, FDA
- Smokefree.gov, NCI
- Vital Signs: E-cigarette Ads and Youth, CDC