Public Health Education
While there has been significant progress in educating the public about the dangers of tobacco use, it still remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. With tobacco use almost always initiated during adolescence, FDA invests in a number of public campaigns to help educate youth about the dangers of tobacco use.
Tobacco products are harmful, yet widely used, and are responsible for severe health problems in both users and non-users. These health problems include several kinds of cancer and lung and heart disease, all of which often lead to death.
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- See statistics about adult tobacco use from the most recent National Health Interview Survey.
- Find statistics about youth tobacco use from the most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey
Public Education Campaigns
FDA is investing in a number of public education campaigns: The Real Cost, Fresh Empire, This Free Life, and Every Try Counts to help educate youth and young adults about the dangers of tobacco use and to encourage addicted adult smokers to quit. Rooted in science, these efforts are critical to achieving FDA’s public health mission.
Youth & Tobacco
We are working to protect the health of America's youth and ultimately reduce the burden of illness and death caused by tobacco use, including:
- Banning cigarettes with characterizing flavors
- Issuing regulations that restrict youth access to tobacco products
- Collaborating with CDC on the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)
- Addressing youth addiction to e-cigarettes and evaluating strategies to help kids quit
Science & Research
FDA supports science and research to help us better understand tobacco use and associated risks so that we can reduce the public health burden of tobacco in the United States.
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