Be Tobacco FreeDon’t start using tobacco (for parents, teachers and coaches)
Nearly all tobacco use begins in youth and young adulthood—88% of adult daily smokers smoked their first cigarette before turning 18. Approximately 18% of high school students smoke cigarettes. Nearly 10% use smokeless tobacco, and young people who use smokeless tobacco are more likely to become cigarette smokers as adults. By helping teens and young adults avoid using tobacco, we will help them live longer and healthier lives. We can make the next generation tobacco free.

USA TodayWar on smoking, at 50, turns to teens: Our view
The war on smoking, now five decades old and counting, is one of the nation’s greatest public health success stories — but not for everyone. As a whole, the country has made amazing progress. In 1964, four in ten adults in the U.S. smoked; today fewer than two in ten do. But some states — Kentucky, South Dakota and Alabama, to name just a few — seem to have missed the message that smoking is deadly. Their failure is the greatest disappointment in an effort to save lives that was kick-started on Jan. 11, 1964, by the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. Its finding that smoking is a cause of lung cancer and other diseases was major news then. The hazards of smoking, long hidden by a duplicitous industry, were just starting to emerge.

New York TimesSmoking prevalence steady in China, but numbers rise
After decades of decline, the prevalence of smoking in China has held steady in recent years. Coupled with population growth, this means there are now more smokers in China than ever, according to a new study on global smoking prevalence published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. China gained almost 100 million smokers between 1980 and 2012, despite an overall decrease in smoking prevalence in the same period from 30.4 percent to 24.2 percent. But prevalence has plateaued, remaining nearly unchanged since 2006. Prevalence is defined as the percentage of the population that smokes every day, adjusted for age.

The AgeOne in 10 smokers in denial of their habit’s health consequences
One in 10 smokers is in denial their habit has negative consequences, according to research by the Cancer Council. Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the US Surgeon General’s report that first linked smoking with cancer. The executive director of Quit Victoria, Fiona Sharkie, identifies the report as a seminal moment in public health. ”Back in the 1960s, more than half of Australians smoked,” she said. ”The news that smoking causes cancer and death came as a bombshell to the public, the media and the medical community.” The landmark 1964 report led to broadcast bans for the tobacco industry and public health warnings globally.