JAMA Patient Information: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents

Preventing young people from starting to smoke is easier than getting them to stop once they have become addicted to nicotine.

Even though children and adolescents are exposed to many powerful media messages (TV, movies, and music, for example), parents, caregivers, coaches and other adults can still have great influence.

An article in the August 9, 2000, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (Farkas et al) reports that adolescents who lived in smoke-free homes and worked in smoke-free environments were less likely to smoke. Adolescents who had smoked but who lived in smoke-free homes were more likely to report having quit.

Another article in this issue (Bauer et al) reports on the changes in cigarette use and intentions to use cigarettes among adolescents following the implementation of a tobacco-control program. Cigarette use declined and the number of adolescents who reported they would never use cigarettes increased.

Tell the Truth About Tobacco Use:

Set a Good Example:

Lay Down the Law:

Make Yourself Available:

For More Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS)
(800) CDC-1311

Additional Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, the AMA's Complete Guide to Your Children's Health

Brian Pace, M.A., Writer
Richard M. Glass, M.D., Editor

(JAMA. 2000; 284:794)

Published in JAMA: August 9, 2000

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