What’s At Stake

Tobacco

Make Tobacco a Thing of the Past.

It’s So Hard To Stop

As a teen, you have a lot of choices including your style of clothes, what music you listen to and what sports you play. But smoking and vaping should not be one of them – and here’s why.

The younger you start using tobacco – in cigarettes or vapes – the more likely you will become addicted. Actually 3 out of 4 teens who smoke will become adult smokers.

What Could It Hurt?

Some think smoking isn’t as bad as alcohol, marijuana or drugs, but it is. Tobacco contains nicotine which is very addictive – especially for young people. Once you start smoking, it is very hard to stop. That’s why most adults who try to quit end up relapsing within a week. Even with bad breath, yellow teeth and greater risk of lung cancer, smokers still can’t quit.

Even though most teens start out as ‘casual’ smokers – smoking or vaping only on weekends or at parties – many struggle to quit as nicotine cravings happen quicker for young people.

Using nicotine – no matter the form or flavor – is dangerous and damages your body and your developing brain, and increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and the breakdown of your lung tissue.

3 Key Takeaways

  • Nicotine produces a surge of dopamine – the “feel good” chemical messenger – which leads to cravings for more nicotine.
  • Teens who smoke cigarettes or vape are at a greater risk of experimenting with drugs because of its effect on the brain.
  • Smoking doesn’t make you look cool, even if tobacco companies are trying to make you think that – enticing you with tasty flavored tobacco and cool packaging to get you hooked for life.