Studies have found that children really do listen when parents advise them to avoid tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Take some time to talk to your children about the hazards of using tobacco. It can make a big difference in their lives.

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes heart diseases, cancers, and strokes. Children may not realize the hazards associated with all types of tobacco.

Compared to children who do not use tobacco, children who do use tobacco may:

  • Develop more respiratory problems
  • Have more asthma attacks
  • Get sick and go to the doctor more often
  • Have poorer athletic performance

There are common myths among children regarding tobacco use. Here are the realities:

  • Most people, including teens, adults, and athletes do not use tobacco.
  • Chew tobacco, cigars, and low-tar and additive-free, or electronic cigarettes are not safe alternatives to regular cigarettes.
  • Quitting is very difficult. It can't be done at any time. Most smokers attempt to quit many times before succeeding.