Diseases caused by smoking kill almost half a million people in the United States every year; despite anti-smoking campaigns and medical warnings, over 6000 children and teenagers smoke their first cigarette each day (and half of those will become regular smokers).
- According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), 90 percent of new smokers are children or teenagers.
- Approximately one-third of those smokers will eventually die of smoking-related illnesses.
- 70 percent of adolescent smokers wished they had never started smoking in the first place.
- According to the American Heart Association (AHA), diseases caused by smoking kill more than 440,000 people in the United States each year.
How Children's approaches smoking
Children's offers smoking cessation workshops for adult patients and parents of patients who wish to quit smoking.