Preventing Tobacco Use in Youth

Most people start to use tobacco as youth before they can understand the nature of addiction and the long-term health risks. The majority of people who use tobacco wish they never started and would like to quit. It is important to talk to youth about tobacco addiction and the harms of even casual tobacco use. In Toronto in 2011, 8.9 per cent of youth grades 7 to 12 and 26 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 24 reported being smokers. Toronto Public Health works with Youth on tobacco related issues, to find out more go to Youth Health Action Network.