The Best Way To End Youth Smoking/Vaping and Nicotine Addiction: 

Stop Youth From Starting

Nicotine use by youth and young adults causes both immediate and long-term damage. One of the most serious health effects is nicotine addiction, which can have severe health consequences. The younger youth are when they start using nicotine, the more likely they will become addicted. The majority of all tobacco users started using by the age of 18 (the legal age in many Colorado communities is 18 yrs). That’s why it is important to prevent youth from ever experimenting with nicotine.

Trusted and informed adults/parents can have a big influence on youth by:

Schools can help youth by:

  • Implementing Tobacco Free School Policies.
  • Educating middle school and high school youth who violate tobacco policy at school. Second Chance is a FREE online, interactive, self paced program that can be used as an alternative to suspension. Many schools have found this program to be a useful tool.
  • Helping youth find resources to quit.

Communities can help youth by:

  • Limiting youth access to tobacco and nicotine products by reducing sales to minors and increasing the minimum sales age to limit social and peer sources to products. 
  • Including vaping products in the local smoking ordinance and expanding smoke-free areas (i.e. parks and trails, downtown area, hotels/motels etc.) 
  • Utilizing mass media campaigns to educate community members about vaping.
  • Exploring options that increase the price of tobacco and nicotine products, which is one of the most effective ways to prevent and reduce tobacco use.