Keep Today’s Kids from Becoming Tomorrow’s Smokers
The best way to end teen smoking and tobacco addiction: Stop teens from ever starting
Though it’s illegal to sell tobacco to teens, nine out of 10 cigarette smokers start by age 18.1
Young people don’t set out to become long-term smokers. When they start, most think they won’t be smoking a year later.2 Then they get hooked on nicotine – the nation’s most common form of addiction.3 They go from bumming cigarettes at a party to buying their first pack to taking their first smoke break – sometimes without even noticing how they’re moving down the road to addiction.
In fact, two thirds of people who try a cigarette become daily smokers.4
They typically regret ever starting. Each year about half try to give up cigarettes.5 Yet the U.S. Surgeon General says: “Of every three young smokers, only one will quit, and one of those remaining smokers will die from tobacco-related causes.”6 We can help tobacco users quit – and this website offers helpful resources – but it’s hard.
That’s why it’s so important to prevent kids from taking those first puffs.
Adults Play an Important Role
Adults may feel like teens know more about these new forms of tobacco than they do. But research shows that informed adults can have a big influence on kids, who may not fully grasp the risks. Adults also can dispel myths like the common misconception that vape clouds are “just water vapor.”