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Talking With Teens About Tobacco

Helping teens avoid starting to use tobacco is one of the most important and doable things you can do for their long-term health. The vast majority of Americans who begin daily smoking during adolescence are addicted to nicotine by young adulthood.1 People who don’t start smoking as teenagers are unlikely to start. The good news is that today’s teens are less likely to use tobacco than teens of a generation ago. You can help teens avoid starting to use tobacco, making it unlikely that they will ever become addicted to nicotine or face the other major health risks that come from using tobacco.


1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012). Preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/



Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on July 2, 2019