A Federal Website Helps Teens Understand the Real Cost of Smoking

Excerpt from Real Cost website.

A new anti-smoking campaign from the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products targets youth ages 12-17 who are open to smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes. Launched last month, The Real Cost was developed using evidence-based best practices and is designed to reach youth who do not consider themselves smokers. 

Tailored to teens, campaign messages highlight not just the long-term health effects of smoking, but also more short-term costs of getting hooked, like bad breath and stained teeth, and the difficulty of quitting once you start.

Youth can take the "Are You Hooked?" quiz to find out if they have a problem with smoking. There's also practical advice on quitting.

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