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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Products

Pledge to Protect Kids from Tobacco

Take the pledge to support responsible retailing. Retailers who follow the law and refuse to sell tobacco to youth help break the chain of tobacco addiction.


Thank you for joining us.

For many youth, their first cigarette leads to a lifetime of addiction. With 14 percent of U.S. high school students smoking, keeping tobacco out of the hands of youth can have a huge impact on our nation’s health.

Everyone—retailers, teachers, parents, physicians, and public health professionals—plays a role in protecting youth from tobacco.


Help us promote the pledge!

  • Add a badge to your Facebook page that shows your commitment to protect kids from tobacco.
  • Share your pledge on Twitter and ask your followers to take the pledge.
  • Email your friends and co-workers to share the pledge link!




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Why pledge?

Tobacco product retailers are on the front lines of the effort to protect youth from tobacco.

Two retailer owners smiling behind a counter

Retailers must comply with federal laws prohibiting the sale of cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco to youth.

Most retailers inspected by FDA are in compliance with federal law—but some are still selling tobacco products to minors. 

By taking the pledge, you’re helping keep harmful tobacco products away from youth.