Bienville Community Coalition

Teens + Tobacco

Tobacco is a drug, and incredibly dangerous to people of any age. One of the saddest statistics is this: 90% of tobacco users started using tobacco when they were under age of 18.

Many teens see tobacco use as simple experimentation, rebellion or independence-seeking behavior. However, it is highly additive and often becomes a lifelong addiction.  In fact, it only takes four cigarettes (on average) to become addicted. It can result in poor health, disease, decreased quality of life and an early death—not to mention it’s a very expensive habit!

Facts About Tobacco:

  • Smoking is seen as not socially acceptable
  • Smoking is not allowed in public buildings and worksites
  • Tobacco isn’t really an “adult” activity, since very few adults smoke, and 85% of those who do, wish they didn’t
  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the world, killing more people every day that fires, suicides, homicides, AIDS, alcohol, car accidents and other drugs COMBINED
  • It is a very, very expensive habit
  • Smoking is not a “rite of passage.” It is not safe to do at any age
  • There is no such thing as moderate or safe tobacco use, even for adults
  • The tobacco industry has manipulated the components of tobacco products to make it more addictive and to include many toxic and cancer-causing chemicals


  • Coughing
  • Yellow teeth and fingernails
  • Brittle hair
  • Early wrinkles
  • Bad breath
  • Infections
  • Respiratory disease
  • Early death