Tobacco and Teens
"...most young people who smoke daily are addicted to nicotine."
— Surgeon General's Report
If you don't smoke or use tobacco now, don't start. If you do, quit.
You already know that smoking can cause things like cancer and heart disease, but the Surgeon General's report also lists symptoms that start to develop as soon as you smoke your first cigarette – no matter how young you are.
Most teens who smoke want to stop. Nearly half of the high school seniors in a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) survey said they'd like to quit smoking. But they can't because, according to the Surgeon’s General Report, "most young people who smoke daily are addicted to nicotine."
In the same survey, about 40 percent said they tried to quit and couldn't. For more information download the full report Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People
- What to do when you are sick of smoking, dipping, or chewing - a teen-oriented guide to tobacco cessation