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YOUTH TOBACCO USE

Youth use of tobacco products in any form is unsafe, regardless of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic.    

  • In some teens, all it takes is 1 cigarette a month to show signs of addiction.
  • Teens who smoke can develop smaller, weaker lungs that never grow to their full size of perform the best they can.

E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes entered the U.S. marketplace around 2007, and since 2014, they have been the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth. Nicotine is found in most e-cigarettes which can cause addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued tobacco product use among youth.     

Information for Parents

As a parent, you have an important role to play in preventing tobacco use.    

  • Set a good example by being tobacco-free. If you use tobacco products, it is never too late to quit. Click here to discover more about quitting tobacco.
  • Adopt tobacco-free rules including e-cigarettes, in your home and vehicle
  • Talk to your child or teen about why e-cigarettes are harmful for them. It is never too late. Get the Surgeon General’s tip sheet for parents: Talk With Your Teen About E-cigarettes
  • Let your child know that you want them to stay away from all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, because they are not safe for them.
  • Set up an appointment with your child’s health care provider so they can hear from a medical professional about the health risks of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Tools and Resources

Smoke Free Teen

Oklahoma Tobacco Hotline:  1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Know the Risks:  E-Cigarettes & Young People