For Kids & Teens

Let's face it — you think differently than adults. You have different needs and concerns than adults seem to have. You care about things that adults may not understand, and you don't get why adults worry so much about some things. One thing you do have in common with adults is that your body can still be really hurt by tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Learn the basic facts about tobacco products and why they are so bad for you, how to steer clear of using tobacco products, and how to quit if you do use these products.

Prevention of Tobacco Use

These are some Web sites that can help educate you about tobacco and why it is so dangerous to try it, even just one time. These Web sites are for kids and teens, and are both educational and fun. Be sure to have your parent's permission before going on the computer!

  • Smokefree Teen
    With tools to help you make decisions, and the information to make them intelligently, this site is a great resource for teens who currently smoke, who are pressured to smoke, or can't make up their mind about quitting. Note that this site does not discuss nicotine replacement therapy (NRT); if you're interested in finding out more about NRT, talk to your doctor.
    Smokefree Teen on Facebook
  • ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)
    View animations and videos, and use interactive activities to learn the facts about smoking and tobacco use, as well as skills to adopt a tobacco-free lifestyle.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Tobacco Prevention
    Learn about the dangers of tobacco and why it's important to never start smoking.
  • Food and Drug Administration: The Real Cost
    A new media campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration details what smoking can really cost, and offers information on different ways teens can quit smoking.
  • No Smoking Room
    The No Smoking Room is a safe place to help girls live smoke free.
  • PBS Kids — It's My Life
    This Web site, available through PBS, deals with topics that you deal with on a daily basis. The section on smoking discusses health hazards, how to deal with peer pressure, and how to help someone quit.
  • Smoking Stinks
    Smoking Stinks highlights the gross things smoking can do to your body. This Web site also gives helpful hints to help teens stay smoke free, and offers downloads, e-cards, and games to help illustrate its message. There are two sites- one for teens and one for kids.
  • Truth®
    The Truth® Campaign is the largest national youth-focused anti-tobacco education campaign ever. It exposes Big Tobacco's marketing and manufacturing practices, as well as highlighting the toll of tobacco.
  • Youth Activism in Tobacco Control: A Toolkit for Action
    This toolkit, created by youth activists at Legacy, will enable youth to make a difference in their community, offering solutions, ideas, and case studies of successful youth community partnerships.
Videos about preventing tobacco use
  • Nicotine Use and Teens
    Watch this video on the effects and risks associated with nicotine use among teens, developed by The National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Quit Resources

These Web sites, designed for kids and teens, can help you quit using tobacco products. Be sure to have your parent's permission before going on the computer!

  • SmokefreeTXT
    For the teens who would rather get their quit info via text message, SmokefreeTXT sends six weeks of teen-friendly quit texts to their cell phones.
  • Smokefree Teen
    With tools to help you make decisions, and the information to make them intelligently, this site is a great resource for teens who currently smoke, who are pressured to smoke, or can't make up their mind about quitting. Note that this site does not discuss nicotine replacement therapy (NRT); if you're interested in finding out more about NRT, talk to your doctor.
    Smokefree Teen on Facebook
  • Become an Ex (Must be 13 or older)
    Become an Ex uses a systematic program to prepare a customized quit plan and is sponsored by Legacy.
  • Food and Drug Administration: The Real Cost
    A new media campaign from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration details what smoking can really cost, and offers information on different ways teens can quit smoking.
  • I Quit
    Designed for teens, I Quit helps you kick butts. This interactive site offers quit advice, including daily tips, reasons to quit, and advice about what to expect when quitting. The site also has printable quit plans for a cold turkey method and for a countdown method.
  • I Quit Brochure
    Adapted from the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Department of Health, this brochure helps adolescents manage the quitting process, including how to handle the "crazies".
  • My Last Dip
    My Last Dip deals with chewing tobacco users. This site offers participants monetary rewards for participating in online surveys.

  • TeenQuit
    TeenQuit has message boards, a Gallery of Gore that shows the consequences of tobacco use, and plenty of other interactive features.