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 the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette every day in the United States—and another 700 become daily smokers. Experts agree that 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 training tools provided by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to educate and empower them to stand strong against the decision to use it.
SADD chapters across the country have made tangible change in their communities to eliminate public smoking consequently saving thousands of people from the dangers of second-hand smoke. Check out our resources below, educate yourself and get involved!
SADD and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids have partnered together to provide free online training courses for students in tobacco prevention outreach and advocacy.
Taking down Tobacco is a comprehensive youth advocacy training program created by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in partnership with the CVS Health Foundation. This initiative educates and engages youth through free online and in-person trainings. It provides introductory training for youth new to the fight against tobacco and advanced training to help young leaders take their advocacy to the next level. This course will empower you to create change in your schools, communities and states and help achieve the first tobacco-free generation.
The first step is to take the introductory course,Taking Down Tobacco 101. This course will teach you the basics about tobacco, including the dangers of cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, the many types of tobacco products and how they are marketed, and the proven solutions that can win the fight against tobacco.
Click here to get started on your training!
Need Service Hours?
SADD is offering four service hours for two training courses that you can take AT HOME and online. These are the easiest service hours you’ll ever earn!
FIRST – take the introductory course, Taking Down Tobacco 101 and receive two service hours.
Once you’ve completed Taking Down Tobacco 101, you can become a certified Taking Down Tobacco Trainer. By completing the Train the Trainer course, you will learn the skills to train other students and deliver the Taking Down Tobacco 101 course in your own school and community. (Two service hours)
Click here to register for the courses, and you are on your way! We will send you a letter certifying your hours after you complete the courses. You can also earn another five service hours by organizing a Taking Down Tobacco training at your school or community. The more trainings you do the more hours you get!