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August: Back to School

Protecting Your Children From Tobacco Use

To coincide with the start of the school session, CDC has developed resources that remind parents and other caregivers about the harms of tobacco use and also provide tips on how to help prevent initiation and keep children tobacco-free.

These resources also can be used by tobacco control programs and organizations to reach parents and caregivers in their communities.

Resources for Tobacco Prevention and Control

The following products and resources are available to help parents keep their children tobacco-free.

  • Feature Article
    Protecting Your Children From Tobacco Use
    This article describes how tobacco products are designed for addiction and how young people are especially susceptible; shares information about why youth use tobacco and what health harms can result; and identifies what parents can do to protect their children from tobacco's harms.

    The article also provides helpful resources about the health consequences of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke as well as quitting resources for a variety of audiences.
  • Button
    A Tobacco-Free Life Starts Now
    States and partners can upload this button to their Web sites to help promote the message of protecting children from tobacco use and to link users to the feature article on the CDC Web site.

Support to Quit

The following free resources are available to help smokers quit.

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
    This service provides free support and advice from experienced counselors, a personalized quit plan, self-help materials, the latest information about quitting medications, and more.
  • Online Help
    Quitting services and resources are also available online in English and in Spanish. These Web sites provide free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit tobacco use. Also refer to SmokefreeWomen as well as the National Cancer Institute's new smoke-free teen initiative.
  • Texting Program to Help Teens and Young Adults Quit
    The National Cancer Institute has set up a texting program that will send teens and young adults messages about quitting. Visit SmokefreeTXT for more information or to sign up.