Kids are the voice of tomorrow and we can change the future! Do you have a friend who's parents smoke? If you asked them if they wanted their kids to smoke, what do you think they would say? I've asked, and I can tell you the answer has always been "NO!"
Smoking is a hard habit to break, but an easy one to never start. Most smokers begin smoking as kids. In fact, tobacco companies spend billions of dollars (yes, that's BILLIONS - with a "B") marketing to teens with the intention of having them become their future customers. They have gotten creative by using dessert flavored nicotine, celebrity glamour, and technology. Now smoking is on the rise again, and has tripled in the last two years alone! This site helps kids learn the truth about the dangers of tobacco-use, and can help kids see that the only thing cool about smoking is never to start!
You can be the voice that makes a difference. Spread the word so we can create smoke-free future generations. Help kids to Say "NO!" to smoking. Share this site with your friends and then take the COOL KATS PLEDGE. I can even come speak at your school's D.A.R.E. program to share my book and answer questions your friends may have about smoking.
Why Do Kids Smoke?
Almost 70% of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 18. Most smokers try their first cigarette around the age of 11, and many are addicted by the time they turn 14. So why do kids start smoking in the first place?
Cigarette companies shape their advertising campaigns to portray smokers as cool, sexy, independent, fun, attractive, and living on the edge – images that are appealing to many teens. As a result, they try smoking and many get hooked. Only 5% of high-school-age smokers believe they'll still be smoking 5 years after graduation but they don't understand how difficult quitting can be. Research shows that after 8 years, 75% of those smokers will still be using some form of tobacco.
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Fast Facts About Kids & Smoking:
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Looking forward to hearing from my favorite Cool KATS!
xoxo - Hannah
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No One is Replaceable!
Think Vapor e-cigs are safe...?
Vapors and e-cigarettes are responsible for tripling the teenage smoking rate in the last three years alone. They are not regulated or held to the same restrictions as other tobacco products. In short, they are running unchecked and creating an entirely new generation of nicotine addicted smokers.
That's one of the reasons we created the book "Cool K.A.T.S. Don't Smoke". It specifically addresses the lies tobacco companies are telling kids in order to make "technology-based" tobacco look cool. Now kids are learning how to be savvy and see through the lies that would otherwise have them addicted to nicotine.
5 FAST FACTS every parent should know:
Vape pens, also known as e-cigarettes, contain atomizers that heat the liquid (e-juice). Inhaling and exhaling this vapor through the use of a vape pen or other device is known as vaping. Because the vapor dissipates quickly and there is often little to no smell, teens are more open about where they vape.This Vaping & E-Cigarette Fact Sheet gives more detail on these pens and how they work.