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

Kids may not realize the hazards associated with all types of tobacco. Compared to kids who do not use tobacco, kids 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 kids regarding tobacco use. Take some time to highlight the realities:

  • Spit tobacco, cigars, and low-tar and additive-free cigarettes are not safe alternatives to regular cigarettes.
  • Most teens, adults, and athletes do not use tobacco.
  • Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes heart disease, cancers, and strokes.