Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General

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Source: Office of the Surgeon General, 2012

Last Reviewed: 2012

This report describes the tobacco use epidemic among youth ages 12 to 17 and young adults ages 18 to 25. It covers the science base on issues including:

  • Social, biological, and environmental factors that influence young people to use tobacco
  • The biologic processes that happen as people progress from experimentation to addiction
  • Other health effects of tobacco use
  • The epidemiology of youth and young adult tobacco use
  • Proven, evidence-based interventions to prevent young people from starting tobacco use

Tobacco use poses a serious health threat to youth and young adults and will affect our future public and economic health.

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. (2012). Preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults: A report of the Surgeon General. Retrieved from