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Cultivating Smoke-Free Learning Environments: Grade Schools, College & University Leaders

Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes. Rates of decline for cigarette smoking have slowed in the last decade, and rates of decline for smokeless tobacco use have stalled completely. In addition:

  • Every day, more than 1,200 people in this country die due to smoking. For each of those deaths, at least two youth or young adults become regular smokers each day. Almost 90% of those replacement smokers smoke their first cigarette by age 18.
  • Cigars, especially cigarette-sized cigars, are popular with youth. One out of five male high school students smokes cigars, and cigar use appears to be increasing among other groups.
  • Prevention efforts must focus on young adults ages 18 through 25. Almost no one starts smoking after age 25. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99% started by age 26. Progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26.


Resources for Schools and Universities


Be Tobacco-Free Home

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Tobacco-Free Schools List

Teen and Teen Quit Line webpage





Live Healthy Georgia is an initiative sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health