Why use these tools?
Despite significant progress in reducing tobacco use over the past thirty years, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.
Nearly 9 out of 10 adult smokers begin cigarette smoking at or before the age of eighteen. And most daily smoking begins in middle school—grades 6 through 9.
The devastating health consequences and enormous economic burden affects families, businesses, and costs taxpayers billions in healthcare and lost productivity every year.
Thousands of South Dakota adults die every year from smoking and tens of thousands of South Dakota kids under 18 will die prematurely from smoking.
Adding to the problem, the Surgeon General has declared a vape epidemic. E-cigarette use among teens is skyrocketing. Teens who vape risk irreversible damage to their developing brains and are at serious risk for a lifetime of nicotine addiction.
The best way to avoid these risks is to prevent tobacco use and help those who want to quit kick the habit for good find cessation services and support.
These tools and activities have been developed by the South Dakota Tobacco Control Program (TCP) and include proven strategies for tobacco prevention. You’ll find evidence-based information and resources designed to inspire, educate, and help you spread the truth about the negative effects of commercial tobacco use.
In this section you’ll find: