Help Teens Say No To Smoking
Let’s be clear: There’s nothing cool or trendy about smoking or chewing tobacco. Remember that even experimentation can lead to addiction. Tobacco is extremely addictive. Once you start, the harder it’s going to be to stop. The best way to avoid addiction is to never start smoking. If you are smoking or chewing and you’d like to quit: Talk to an adult or a school nurse. Join us in making the next generation tobacco free.
One way you can show your support for a tobacco free world is by joining the Tru movement:
Tru (Tobacco Resistance Unit)
- 90 percent of smokers began before the age 21.
- 1 of 5 teenagers who are addicted to cigarettes smokes 13-15 a day.
- On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- The lungs of teens who smoke will not develop fully, which puts them at higher risk for lung disease.
- In the United States, about 20 percent of teens consider themselves to be regular smokers.
- Teens who smoke are more likely to catch a cold than people who don’t – and their symptoms will probably be worse and last longer.
- Most people start using tobacco before they finish high school. This means that if you stay smoke-free in school, you will probably never smoke.
- Teenagers who smoke have significantly more trouble sleeping than those who do not smoke.
- Smoking makes you feel weaker and more tired because it prevents oxygen from reaching your heart.
- Teens who smoke cough and wheeze three times more than teens who don’t smoke.