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 Young girl standing in front of a school bus.

The back-to-school season is a perfect opportunity for parents to talk to their kids about the importance of living tobacco free.

More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age and adolescent smokeless tobacco users are more likely than nonusers to become adult cigarette smokers. 1,2

Don’t let your child risk a life of tobacco addiction and disease. Check out our tobacco prevention resources and make time to talk today!  



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8 Tips on Talking to Youth


  1. Share the facts.
  2. Talk early and often.
  3. Use everyday opportunities to talk and listen.
  4. Be honest, direct and open.
  5. Make it a two-way conversation.
  6. Set a good example.
  7. Set clear rules.
  8. Help youth learn to say “no.”


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More Resources



1 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students—United States, 2000–2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2010;59(33):1063–8 [accessed 10 August 2012].

2- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General. Page 7. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 1994 [accessed 10 August 2012].