If you are a smoke-free youth, you’ve made an excellent choice for your health, along with many other young people in Newfoundland and Labrador! In 2012, only 12% of youth aged 15-19 years in this province were smokers.* Only 2% of students in Grades 6-9 smoke and only 12% of students in Grades 10-12 smoke.**
If you smoke or use other forms of tobacco, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health (and your wallet!) You will need support to quit – and that support is best provided by a trusted adult and friends who care.
When you decide to quit, ask for help. Talk to a doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider, or call the Newfoundland and Labrador Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-363-5864.
It is easy to become addicted to tobacco, so it is best not to smoke at all. Most young people start smoking once in a while and increase their smoking over time. You may think it’s okay to have a few cigarettes a day or week, perhaps when you’re drinking alcohol. But any amount of smoking can set you on a path of lifelong addiction, usually leading to early death.
To stay smoke-free, it helps to hang out with people who do not smoke. If your friends smoke, you are more likely to smoke. If you have friends who smoke, encourage them to quit.
If someone offers you a cigarette, think about saying:
- No thanks, cigarettes are bad for your health.
- No thanks, I don’t want to get addicted.
- Have you thought about quitting? You’ll feel so much better!
- No thanks, I don’t want to smell bad.
- I have better things to do.
- My parents would be so mad and they find out everything!
- I know someone who got cancer from smoking.