Preventing Smoking

The majority of today's daily smokers began smoking before they were 18 years old.  But youth smoking can be prevented with the combined efforts of families, schools, communities and policy makers.

  • Parents can set a positive example for their children by not smoking themselves, and keeping their homes smoke-free.
  • Schools can provide tobacco prevention programs to educate students about the dangers of smoking.
  • States can pass legislation to increase taxes on tobacco products, pass and implement comprehensive smokefree indoor air laws, and limit minors' access to tobacco products.

Why Kids Start

For Parents: How to talk to Kids about Smoking

Tobacco Control Advocacy – States and Communities