Promoting Health and Wellness through Tobacco Abuse Education
Stopping smoking habits early, through preventative education on its harmful effects
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year. But the consequences of tobacco use are not limited to adults. Tobacco use is almost always initiated and established during adolescence. More than 3,200 young people under age 18 smoke their first cigarette every day in the United States—and another 700 become daily smokers. Experts agree there is a critical need for targeted efforts to keep young people from starting on this path. Reducing the number of teens who start smoking will diminish the harmful consequences that tobacco use has on the future health of our country.
What We Are Doing About It: SADD chapters have access to a wealth of information, including programming material to raise awareness on the negative health effects of Tobacco and to empower each other to stand strong against the decision to use it. Each year, SADD chapters across the country take part in Kick Butts Day in March and many have made tangible change in their communities to eliminate public smoking consequently saving thousands of people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.