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Real Stories
Corinne "Ask others how they quit and learn from their experience."
Tito "My family means more to me than a pack of cigarettes. That’s why I quit."
Dr. Miller "Quitting smoking is the single biggest thing a patient can do to improve their quality of life."
Robert "I started using the gum. That worked for me."
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Joanne "I am healthier now that I have quit. "
Jim "A cigarette is not controlling my ability to do things."
Representative Brian Ashe "It was one of the best things I did for myself."


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 to join the movement against the industry led by youth for youth.

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