It’s a startling fact: 80% of adult smokers started before the age of 18. The best way to prevent smoking as an adult is to prevent smoking as a youth. Including youth in tobacco use prevention is an important factor, which is why today, Kick Butts Day, is key in starting a dialogue with youth about tobacco use.
Today, communities and schools across the country will come together to host events aimed at starting a dialogue and educate youth about tobacco use. Teachers, parents and youth are encouraged to plan events that will get teens and youths talking about tobacco use and how they can prevent tobacco use now.
Tobacco use among youth isn’t limited to only traditional cigarettes; it can include tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco, flavored cigarettes and cigars. It may seem shocking, but one in five high school males reports smoking cigars, and many high school students who smoke, report using more than one tobacco product.
The Kick Butts website has a variety of planning and educational materials for youth and leaders or you can search their map to find an event in your area. Get involved and help prevent youth tobacco use in your community!
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