Help and Tips to Stay Tobacco Free

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year

As students head back to school, Oakland County Health Division encourages parents and health care providers to talk to youth about tobacco use. Providing a tobacco-free home and discussing secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use can help prevent youth from future smoking.

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year

“There has been significant progress in protecting youth from tobacco-related health risks, but we still have a long way to go,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division. “Far too many youth still experiment with tobacco products. Addressing tobacco use can help avoid lifetime addiction to a deadly product.”

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, youth are sensitive to nicotine and become dependent on it more quickly than adults. This includes nicotine from cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and other emerging nicotine products.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that in 2016:

  • Nearly four million U.S. middle and high school students were using tobacco products and about half were using two or more.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers started using nicotine products by age 18.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline provides services for Michigan youth of any age. Call the Quitline at 800-784-8669 and receive free telephone counseling to help quit tobacco. The Quitline also offers free text messaging and a self-guided online program to help youth. The Smokefree Teen Website also provides additional tools.

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