Nearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood. These young
individuals progress from smoking occasionally to smoking every day. Each day
across the United States over 3,800 youth under 18 years of age start smoking.
Although much progress has been made to reduce the prevalence of smoking since
the first Surgeon Generals report in 1964, today nearly one in four high school
seniors and one in three young adults under age 26 smoke.
The Tips from Former Smokers campaign
features real people suffering as a result of
smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Their
compelling stories send a powerful message: Quit
smoking now. Or better yet dont start.
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