Keep Kids Away From Tobacco

It’s important to remember that tobacco is a drug, and incredibly dangerous to people of any age. One of the saddest statistics is this: 90% of tobacco users started using tobacco as a child under the age of 18. And it only takes about four cigarettes (on average) to become addicted. It is so important to talk candidly to your children about tobacco and the tobacco industry. Studies have shown that teens with a negative view of the tobacco industry are much less likely to use tobacco than those with a neutral or positive view. While some teens may see tobacco use as simple experimentation, rebellion or independence-seeking behavior, it often becomes a lifelong addiction. It can result in poor health, disease, decreased quality of life and an early death—not to mention it’s a very expensive habit!

Beware of the Tobacco Industry

The tobacco industry spends big money getting product placement in movies. They have stars that kids look up to smoke, trying to convince kids and young adults that it’s cool. The Tobacco industry wants your child to start smoking so they have a customer for life—even though their product will have a negative affect on the life of the smoker!

Talking points for your child:

  • 83% of Coloradoans do not smoke
  • Smoking is seen as not socially acceptable
  • Smoking is not allowed in public buildings and worksites
  • Tobacco isn’t really an “adult” activity, since very few adults smoke, and 85% of those who do, wish they didn’t
  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world, killing more people every day that fires, suicides, homicides, AIDS, alcohol,car accidents and other drugs COMBINED
  • It is a very, very expensive habit
  • Smoking is not a “rite of passage.” It is not safe to do at any age
  • There is no such thing as moderate or safe tobacco use, even for adults
  • The tobacco industry has manipulated the components of tobacco products to make it more addictive and to include many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals

Signs your child may be smoking:

  • Clothing and hair smells like cigarette smoke
  • Increased use of breath mints
  • Increased and heavier use of cologne or perfume
  • Bad breath


  • Coughing
  • Yellow teeth and fingernails
  • Brittle hair
  • Early wrinkles
  • Bad breath
  • Infections
  • Respiratory disease
  • Early death
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