TOBACCO FREE YOUTH

The tobacco industry is working to create the next generation of smokers today, which is why we need to work twice as hard to prevent youth smoking. As older smokers pass away or quit, the tobacco companies look to youth and young adults as their replacements. They know that nearly 90% of adult smokers started in their teenage years – and that if someone reaches 21 without becoming a smoker, there’s only a 2% chance they will start.

Since tobacco companies recognize the importance of getting smokers started early, they’ve developed sophisticated and effective ways to make smoking more appealing to kids and teens. “Eye level is buy level” product placement at the point of sale, ads selling a youthful image, fruity flavored tobaccos, and other trending products are all savvy attempts to recruit youth smokers.

In Rhode Island, the tobacco industry spends $63 marketing their products for every $1 we spend on prevention – that’s a lot of money to make sure their message reaches young people. As tobacco free youth advocates, it’s our responsibility to counter that message with one about the dangers of smoking. That’s why advocates have created youth-friendly anti-smoking events like Kick Butts Day, “Zombie Walks,” and youth conferences. Below you’ll find some resources to help you get the tobacco free message to youth in your community.

 

Current Issues

Current Issues
The tobacco industry is constantly adapting and inventing new approaches to work around existing regulations and ordinances. Tobacco control advocates must adapt too, and be vigilant about the most current issues related to smoking and vaping. Advocates throughout the country are always working to identify new problems and proposed solutions. Three of the most important issues right now are: adding electronic nicotine delivery system products to existing regulations, tobacco retail regulations, and raising the smoking age to 21. This section provides resources like model ordinances, policy toolkits, and more to support the ever-evolving effort to curb tobacco use.

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Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets
The tobacco companies aren’t the only ones with research and data at their disposal. We have a wealth of fact sheets from the Center for Disease Control, FDA, the Truth Initiative, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids,  and other anti-smoking advocates. These cover a wide range of issues related to youth smoking, such as the effects of nicotine on the developing brain, flavored tobacco products, and more. These can be useful tools as you make the case against youth smoking.

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Events

Events
Tobacco Free Rhode Island and our partners host a number of educational and empowering youth events throughout the year. Learn more about the Kick Butts Day “Zombie Walk” and upcoming Youth Conferences.

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