Smoking kills people. We know this. But since dead people can't smoke, tobacco companies have to find a replacement for every person they kill. Their favorite replacements are kids.

Tobacco will kill 1 in 3 kids who start smoking. We CAN stand up to big tobacco and protect our kids. Raising the price of tobacco so youth can't afford it and limiting slick advertising that appeals to youth saves lives.

One of the most effective ways to reduce youth smoking is by increasing the price of tobacco. Learn more about increasing the price of tobacco.

Encourage Tobacco Free Schools

Keeping our schools tobacco-free helps keep our kids tobacco-free. Since the implementation of a comprehensive tobacco prevention and control program in North Dakota, the number of schools with comprehensive tobacco-free policies has grown from 60 to 154.

View the 10 requirements for a comprehensive tobacco-free school policy.

More good news is that tobacco-free policies aren’t just happening at the elementary and secondary levels. Fourteen North Dakota college and universities have implemented tobacco-free campuses — a big step in encouraging a healthy lifestyle among North Dakota’s young adults. 

Youth and Tobacco Use

Smokers start young. More than 90% of adult smokers begin smoking before age 18, 95% begin before age 21 and 99% begin before age 26. Kids who remain smoke-free through high school and college are likely to remain smoke-free for life.

The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy funds local public health partners to educate schools on the benefits of adopting comprehensive tobacco-free policies that help keep our youth tobacco-free. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey, North Dakota’s youth smoking rates have dropped from 22.4 percent in 2009 to 11.7 percent in 2015.

Learn more about North Dakota's youth tobacco use rates here.