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Smoking Cessation for Children

How prevalent is tobacco use among children and adolescents in the United States? The American Lung Association reports that every day of the year, almost 6,000 children under the age of eighteen try smoking and that 2,000 of them will begin smoking regularly. At least 4.5 million teens in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. Unless these rates decrease, authorities estimate that 6.4 million of these young people will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

Internet Resources

American Lung Association: Lung USA
The mission of the Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Be sure to go the section “Your Lungs.” Click on the interactive images to learn about your respiratory system. Click on the images of healthy vs. diseased lungs.

This website from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas offers different personal perspectives on smoking. Listen to actual stories from smokers, non-smokers, and smokers that have quit.

NIDA for Teens: The Science behind Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse makes excellent information about nicotine and addiction available on this Web site.

MedlinePlus: Smoking and Youth
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public.

How to Quit
Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on how to quit smoking. Features an online consumer guide, quit tips, guide for clinicians, and helpful links.


  • Drugs and Controlled Substances: Information for Students. Blachford SL, ed. 2003. (Available in both print and electronic formats.)


  • Teens and tobacco. 20 min.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Centerat 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.


Last UpdateDecember 21, 2011