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Tobacco and Kids

What do I need to know about kids and tobacco use?

How can I keep my kids from smoking?

Prevention is the way to go.  The younger a child begins to smoke, the more likely they are to become an adult smoker.  Here are some tips:

How can I help my child quit using tobacco?

Where can I find more information?

What are some organizations and governmental agencies that address second-hand smoke and youth tobacco use?

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[4] Landman A, Ling PM, Glantz SA.  Tobacco industry youth smoking prevention programs:  protecting the industry and hurting tobacco controlAm J Public Health. 2002;92:917-930.
[5] Swartz W. A guide to youth smoking prevention policies and programs.  ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education.  Avaiable at URL  Accessed 13 August 2004.
[6] Goldman LK, Glantz SA.  Evaluation of antismoking advertising campaigns. JAMA.  1998;279:772-777.
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[8] Dalton MA, Sargent JD, Beach ML, Titus-Ernstoff L, Gibson JJ, Ahrens MB, Tickle JJ, Heatherton TF. Effect of viewing smoking in movies on adolescent smoking initiation: a cohort study.  Lancet. 2003 Jul 26;362(9380):281-5.
[9] Charlesworth A, Glantz SA. Smoking in the movies increases adolescent smoking: a review. Pediatrics. 2005 Dec;116(6):1516-28.

Written and compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN.  Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan.

Updated August 2011

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