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Be Tobacco Free

Each day in the United States, approximately 3,800 young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. An estimated 1,000 youth in that age group become daily cigarette smokers.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh:

“Each year, more than 444,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. That is why HHS launched -- to provide information on avoiding tobacco and ending tobacco use.” is a one-stop-shop for the most up-to-date information on the health effects of tobacco, evidence-based methods on how to quit, and more.

“We know, regardless of age, those who stop smoking and using tobacco can substantially reduce their risk for disease.”

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