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Tobacco Prevention

Almost every smoker starts using tobacco before their 26th birthday. This doesn't happen by accident; the tobacco industry has been targeting youth for decades and continues today.

Nicotine is very addictive and can impact the developing brain. It is important that we protect our youth so they can have a successful life.


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Prevention Resources for Parents

Parents play an important role in preventing substance use. It's important to talk to your kids often about how tobacco can negatively impact health. Refer to the links below for tools to help prevent tobacco use in your family.

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Prevention Resources for Youth

With the introduction of e-cigarettes and vapes a whole new generation has become addicted to nicotine. Research has shown that youth who become addicted to vaping are much more likely to eventually start smoking cigarettes. Youth tobacco and vaping prevention is more important than ever which is why it remains one of the most important parts of the Tobacco Education Program.

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Prevention Resources for Schools

Vaping in schools is becoming a big concern. Schools should work on updating their policies, educating students, parents, community members, and staff, and provide cessation resources. The School Resource Guide is a great tool to get you started.