Stop tobacco use before it starts.

In a kid’s world, peer pressure to use tobacco isn’t the only thing parents should be worried about. There’s a much more sinister and subtle influence at work — the tobacco industry itself.

For decades, Big Tobacco has been targeting kids in order to recruit new smokers. Why do they do this? They need to replace the people who die, since more than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases.

But you know whose influence is even stronger? Yours. Actively talking with your kids about tobacco can make a bigger impression than Big Tobacco ever could.

Click below for age-specific tips to get the conversation started.

Ages 5-10

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Ages 11-14

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Ages 15-18

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If you or a loved one is trying to quit tobacco, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is here to help. Get free text and email support, free patches, gum or lozenges and lots more to help all Oklahomans become tobacco free.

Get involved with others in your community. Contact your local TSET Healthy Living Program grantee for more information.


Want to learn more about the Stop the Start campaign? Campaign materials are available to help share the Stop the Start message.