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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

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  • Truth
    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.

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