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Making a Better Life for our Children
Did you know that every day, more than 2,800 U.S. kids try their first cigarette? That is over one million kids trying cigarettes each year! Tobacco use is costing moms and families across the country. Besides the deadly chemicals in tobacco, youth-targeted marketing and tobacco’s terrible toll in lives and money, there are plenty of reasons to quit!
Catch our first post: Why We Should Be Tobacco-Free #ShopTobaccoFree
There are some startling statistics about tobacco and kids. I know that it scares me to think of any of my three children picking up and/or lighting a cigarette. Even sadder is that 5.6 Million kids that are alive today will die prematurely because of tobacco. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
Exposure to tobacco products and marketing in stores has been shown to encourage youth use of tobacco products and undermine smokers’ attempts to quit by prompting impulse purchases. Tobacco companies spend $8.8 billion per year to encourage people to pick up on a deadly habit that not only kills the user but also causes health problems for those around them, like my grandpa.
With 90 percent of adult smokers beginning at or before age 18, tobacco is the only consumer product on the market today that kills when used as intended. Tobacco kills 480,000 people and cost $289 billion in health care bills every year.
You can visit the ShopTobaccoFree.org website to learn more about this movement plus learn where you can get stickers and signage to give to your local Tobacco-Free Retailers.
TOBACCO FREE NEAR YOU
Just visit the site and put your zip code in to find Tobacco-Free Retailers near you!
Visit the Shop Tobacco Free Campaign Page
Visit the Tobacco Free Kids Website
Tweet with Tobacco Free Kids on Twitter
Check out Tobacco Free Kids on Instagram
We have partnered with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids because we believe in their message and want to lend our voice in an effort to spread the word about tobacco free retailers. These retailers include CVS, Target, Trader Joes and Whole Foods with more joining the list. Retailers can help foster a tobacco-free generation by choosing not to sell tobacco products.
DO YOU TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT TOBACCO? WHAT DO YOU SAY?
I have been compensated by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) for this promotion.