CAST | Partnering In Prevention | Foster, RI | Glocester, RI

 

Youth to Youth Anti-Smoking Campaign
Ponaganset High School Youth to Youth Group


SOME INTERESTING FACTS & STATS

  • 90% of current smokers began as teenagers.
  • Approximately 5 million children alive today will eventually die as a result of smoking.
  • The average age of first use of tobacco is 11-15 years of age.
  • Youth tend to underestimate that they will become addicted.
  • Each year children consume between 516 and 947 million packs of cigarettes and 26 million cans of spit tobacco.
  • The younger a person is when they start to smoke, the less likely they will be able to quit.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF TOBACCO

  • Smoking is the single most preventable cause of mortality.
  • Every 13 seconds someone dies from tobacco use.
  • Over 400,000 deaths are caused by smoking each year in the United States.
  • Smoking causes nearly 90% of all lung cancer and throat cancer.

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN TOBACCO-FREE

  • Make your home and car tobacco-free spaces.
  • Learn about tobacco and nicotine and how they affect the human body.
  • Support restrictions on smoking in public places and work sites.
  • Don’t invest in tobacco companies.
  • Support political leaders who support common sense tobacco regulation.
  • Understand how, where, and why the tobacco companies advertise their products.
  • Discuss other smoking-related negatives; ex., fatal fires and litter.
  • Don’t let cigarettes seem like one more course for rebellion.

NO SMOKING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

  • The Foster-Glocester School Committee adopted a policy that bans smoking on school grounds.

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