#UpTheAge

TEENS WHO USE TOBACCO PRODUCTS ARE BEING EXPLOITED. PERIOD.

Doesn't that make you angry?

Oh, and they're pretty much doomed to live a life of smoking or tobacco use, even though there's a good chance their lives will be shortened because of tobacco use.1,2

And though they might not know this, teens may be living it: almost all nicotine use starts in adolescence, when experimentation and risk-taking are part of normal development.3 We’re looking at you, e-cigarettes.

Here's the part that should really upset you: early nicotine exposure alters teens’ brains and makes them addicts.4 Why? Because the human brain develops through the mid-twenties, making teens extra vulnerable to addiction.

But together, we can put a roadblock in the path to addiction – we can raise the minimum sales age of tobacco to 21. Raise your hand. Raise your voice.

#UpTheAge

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The younger smokers are when they start, the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine.

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  1. The younger smokers are when they start the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine. – U.S. Health and Human Services
  2. Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. Virtually all (94 percent) of adult smokers had their first cigarette before turning 21, and most (78 percent) before age 18. – Department of Health and Human Resources
  4. Adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults, and the nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime the adolescent brain for addiction to other drugs such as cocaine. – U.S. Surgeon General