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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555

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You're Never too Young to Get Addicted

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Want to Quit?
Contact the Texas Quitline for free and confidential counseling services, support and information:

TTY: 1-866-228-4327 www.yesquit.org

Dont Lie to Yourself, Face the Facts!

FICTION: Smoking helps me lose weight.

Gaining weight isn’t a given when you quit smoking. Just eat healthy and exercise regularly instead of using unhealthy foods to cope with cravings.  

FICTION: Smoking is really just a social thing for me. I could never get addicted.

Young people vastly underestimate the addictiveness of nicotine. Of daily teen smokers who think that they will not smoke in five years, nearly 75 percent are still smoking five years later.

FICTION: I’m really healthy. My body can handle it.

Signs of blood vessel damage—the kind that leads to stroke and heart attack—have been found in teens who smoke.

FICTION: Smoking makes me feel sexy.

Smoking is known to cause impotence in men and
infertility in women.

You're Never too Young to Get Addicted

Most teen smokers think they won't smoking in five years.

Fact: 75 percent of them are still smoking five years later.

It may start as a cigarette at a party or while hanging out with some smokers.

Soon the smoking or dipping becomes commonplace. Before you know it, you’re hooked.

Would you believe that the nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and dip is as addictive as cocaine and heroin? Well, it is.

And the vast majority of deaths related to smoking are from people who became addicted to nicotine as teenagers.

It’s estimated that every cigarette cuts about seven minutes from your life. 

You don’t have to wait long for the damaging effects of smoking to kick in. Right away, your brain is starved of oxygen.

In just a few weeks, your teeth start to yellow and your breath reeks.

At some point, men may even become impotent and women infertile.

If you’re under 18, there’s a legal consequence to face as well.

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In Texas it is illegal for minors to purchases, possess or use any kind of tobacco products (no matter where you got it).

After you are cited, you’ll be sent to a tobacco awareness class. You might also:

  • Be sent to community service
  • Be fined $250
  • Lose your driver’s license
  • Let tobacco companies profit off your addiction

Don’t Let Tobacco Companies Sell You Short

Tobacco is the most heavily advertised and promoted product in Texas.

In fact, tobacco companies spend about $726 million in the Lone Star State on advertising ploys that attempt to link smoking to glamour, virility, and power. You're smarter than that, don't get fooled.

Quitting Isn’t Easy, But You Can Do It

All it takes is a plan of action and a little help from people who care. Doctors can help you build your quit plan with tips and resources to make it easier. They can also counsel you on the different aids that are available, like the patch, gum and nasal inhalers, as well as prescription drugs or other therapies.

Family and friends can support your efforts to quit. They can help you stick to your plan, provide moral support or even quit with you. Let them know it’s important to you, and they will help you succeed.

What are you waiting for? Get free help with quitting, call:

1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848)

It’s free. It’s confidential. It’s easy. Telephone counseling helps 15- to 25-year-olds better than it does any other age group!

Last updated June 9, 2017