The Great American Smoke Out
Facts on Youth and Tobacco Use
Studies have found smoking and smokeless tobacco are used primarily during adolescence. Daily use of tobacco products is associated with short and long-term health consequences as well as several high-risk sexual behaviors, use of alcohol and other drugs. In addition, lung cancer, heart disease and strokes are the most commonly reported illness found among tobacco users.
- Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings show more than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age
- Adolescent smokeless tobacco users are more likely than nonusers to become cigarette smokers.
- Each day in the United States, approximately 3,800 young people under the 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,000 youth in that age group become daily cigarette smokers.
- A 2011 report affirms, 7.1% of middle school students used some form of tobacco and 4.3% smoked cigarettes and 2.2% smokeless tobacco.
- Some common factors associated with youth tobacco use are exposure to tobacco advertising, smoking by parents or guardians, low-level of academic achievement and aggressive behavior.
- As parents it is your responsibility to keep your children from smoking. Take the first step by talking to your kid about the immediate negative effects of smoking on the body