There are many organizations and groups that have formed to create campaigns against smoking. Some of these anti-smoking groups focus on educating children on the harmful effects of smoking while others focus on teens. Most serve to educate as many as possible on why they should quit, or never start, using tobacco.
Below are some organizations you may find helpful in your quitting smoking journey.
Truth is a campaign based on fighting “Big Tobacco”. Their website provides videos, statistics and ways to join their cause. Truth focuses on teens and educating them on the harmful effects of smoking. Their website reads: “We’re not here to criticize your choices, or tell you not to smoke. We’re here to arm everyone – smokers and non-smokers – with the tools to make change.” .
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Tobacco Free Kids strives to educate children of the negative impacts tobacco and smoking can have on their lives. They explain their mission on their website:
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
One of their tactics is called “Kick Butts Day”. Organizations all over the country can hold their own anti-smoking events on Kick Butts Day and Tobacco Free Kids will help promote them. A quick summary of Kick Butts Day from the website reads:
Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco at more than 1,000 events planned by independent organizers across the United States and around the world.
The Real Cost
The Real Cost is a campaign created by the Federal Drug Administration. The effort targets children and teens. BeTobaccoFree.gov describes the campaign:
FDA’s first youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” is designed to educate at-risk youth aged 12-17 about the harms of tobacco use. There are more than 10 million at-risk youth in the U.S. who are either open to smoking or already experimenting with cigarettes. “The Real Cost” campaign seeks to make these youth hyperconscious of the risk from every cigarette by highlighting consequences that youth are concerned about, like loss of control due to addiction, tooth loss and skin damage. Through this peer-to-peer campaign, FDA hopes to reduce the number of youth smokers in the U.S. to make tobacco use a part of America’s past, not its future.
Smokefree Teen provides online and digital resources for teens to educate themselves on smoking. The website allows users to sign up for text messages, download apps and take quizzes. The site reads:
This site is designed to help you understand the decisions you make—especially the decision to quit smoking—and how those decisions fit into your life.
Making the best decisions involves having accurate information, thinking about how different parts of your life affect the choices you make, and discovering ways to change those patterns if you want to.
Not only does smoking impact your health now, but it also affects the direction your life and health take in the future. It’s up to you.
I Finally Quit
www.ifinallyquit.com brings people together who want to quit smoking (or other actions and behaviors). Support from those who are quitting or have recently quit dramatically increases the success rates of all quitters. This site asks people to JOIN the quitting movement, CONNECTS them with others, offers support so you can QUIT; ultimately, those who join looking to be inspired end up becoming the inspiration to others, by TELLING their story.
8 Step Action Plan to Quit Smoking …
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