Although progress has been made in reducing tobacco use among youth, each day in the United States about 3,800 young people under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time. Nearly 90% of smokers try their first cigarette before age 18. The industry’s advertising and promotion campaigns often have special appeal to these young people, 83 percent of whom choose the three most heavily advertised brands. In addition, the use of other tobacco products like e-cigarettes and hookahs has increased. Smoking at an early age increases the risk of nicotine dependence and smoking-related illness later in life.
In the News- 2015
- Teens are Smoking More Pot but Fewer Cigarettes
- U.S. House Panel Puts Big Tobacco’s Interests Ahead of Kids’ Health
- Smoking in Teen Years Can Increase Risk of COPD Later in Life
- Adolescents Uncertain about Risks of Marijuana, E-Cigarettes
- Social Media Most Effective in Helping Young Adults Quit Smoking
Truth is the largest youth smoking prevention campaign in the country – and the only national campaign not directed by the tobacco industry.
- The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. They advocate for public policies proven to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
- Healthy Youth: Tobacco Use—Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
This site, hosted by the CDC, includes information on tobacco use among young people and fact sheets on school health policies and programs.
- Youth and Tobacco Use Fact Sheet—Legacy
- Youth and Tobacco Use Fact Sheet—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Tobacco and Kids Fact Sheet – Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
- Youth & Tobacco–FDA
- Smoking in the Movies CDC Factsheet
- Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2014
- Attitudes Toward Raising the Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Among U.S. Adults
- New Paper in Pediatrics by UMMS Professor Helps Pediatricians Reduce Youth Tobacco Use
- Designed for Addiction: How the Tobacco Industry has Made Cigarettes More Addictive, More Attractive to Kids and Even More Deadly
- 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Report
- 2012 The Surgeon General’s Report—Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—August 10, 2012
This report focuses on the current tobacco use among Middle and High School Students.Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2014Attitudes Toward Raising the Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Among U.S. Adults
- NIDA for Teens—National Institute on Drug Abuse
This site created for teens by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Smoke-Free Teen—National Cancer Institute
This site was developed for teens by the NCI.
- Youth Tobacco Cessation: A Guide for Making Informed Decisions—Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
This document is intended to help organizations decide whether to undertake youth tobacco-use cessation as a specific tobacco control activity.
- NOT on Tobacco Program
NOT is the American Lung Association’s (ALA’s) voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used program in the United States for 14-19 year olds.
- Smokefree Movies Action Network
Webinars and Podcasts
- Attack Toolkit Webinar on Tobacco Industry Marketing
This interactive webinar was designed for tobacco control advocates and enthusiasts working with youth and young adults.