2012 Surgeon General’s Report

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Complete Report

Highlight Sheets

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Consumer Booklet

Conversation Cards

Parent Conversation Card

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What You Need to Know About Tobacco to Talk to Your Teens

The Parent Conversation Card is intended to help parents talk to their children about tobacco use. This card offers practical ways to initiate conversations with children and provide background information on tobacco use.


Physician Conversation Card

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Talking to Teens About Tobacco Use

The Physician Conversation Card is intended to help health care providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) initiate dialogue about tobacco use with adolescent patients and also to help persuade parents to be actively engaged in keeping their children safe from the health effects of smoking.

Video Contest for Youth and Young Adults

Tobacco—I’m Not Buying It

A video contest sponsored by CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health invited youth ages 13–17 and young adults ages 18–25 to submit original videos (English or Spanish) featuring one or more of the key findings from the 2012 Surgeon General’s report. Prizes totaling $10,000 were awarded. Video submission deadline was April 22, 2012.

Check out the winners!

Additional Resources

Press Release



Destiny PSA
A new public service advertisement (PSA) featuring Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, shows teens describing their futures if they use tobacco. The PSA makes it clear that smoking causes immediate damage that leads to health problems, even death.
PSA: Video showing teens describing their futures if they use tobacco


Press Conference
HHS Secretary Sebelius joins U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to announce the release of the Surgeon General’s new report, Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults.
Video announcing the release of the 2012 Surgeon General's report on preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults


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Disclaimer: Data and findings provided in the publications on this page reflect the content of this particular Surgeon General’s Report. More recent information may exist elsewhere on the Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site (for example, in fact sheets, frequently asked questions, or other materials that are reviewed on a regular basis and updated accordingly).