Each year in Massachusetts, about 4,100 young people become new daily smokers.
Young people who are hooked now face a lifetime of addiction. Nearly all adult smokers started before they were 18. Because their bodies and brains are still developing, young people are especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction. Tobacco use changes the pathways of the brain and interferes with normal development.
The tobacco industry is targeting your kids—right in your own backyard. Join the opposition against the industry’s underhanded tactics to hook young people in Massachusetts. Learn what you can do, and take action!
Communities can combat big tobacco by passing local regulations and other policies to decrease the impact of tobacco marketing on young people. The most effective policies increase the price of tobacco, limit its availability, and decrease youth's exposure to tobacco packaging and other tobacco marketing.
86% of Massachusetts youth don't smoke, and many are working to combat Big Tobacco’s influence on their communities. When The 84, the Department of Public Health’s youth tobacco prevention movement, was formed a few years ago, 84% of youth didn’t smoke – and now that number continually improves. Visit the84.org to join the movement against the industry led by youth for youth.
- School health resources for educators and school administrators addressing broad school health issues of physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco use prevention.
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids helps change public attitudes and public policies on tobacco to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. CTFK sponsors Kick Butts Day a national day to inspire youth to speak up against Big Tobacco, which young people from Massachusetts participate in each year.
- Reports on youth access and tobacco use trends in Massachusetts (scroll down the page to see youth reports)
- Learn about a local policy being implemented by cities and towns across Massachusetts here: Briefing Sheet: Tobacco Sales Bans in Health Care Institutions (Pharmacies) 2-23-12.