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Smoking and Tobacco




Why do people smoke at a very young age?


According to KNOW, kids smoke for 5 reasons:

KNOW is a collaborative awareness effort of the United Way of Central Ohio, Columbus Medical Association Foundation, ADAMH-the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County, the Columbus Health Department and Columbus Public Schools, aimed at kids ages 11-13, and parents. It is a very good resource for parents and those caring for children, (click on the Parents and Caregivers section) and a good place to get tips to talk to kids.

KNOW's website is www.helpthemknow.com

Another good resource is the 3/11/1994 Surgeon General's report on "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People". You can access this report from the following website: www.cdc.gov

Type in : tobacco and surgeon general in the SEARCH section.

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Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University