Youth Prevention of Tobacco Use

It is estimated that 90% of adult smokers began tobacco use before the age of 18.1 Youth prevention campaigns are key in creating generations of smoke-free young adults and college students. For more information on effective youth prevention programs, both school-based and community-based, visit

Maryland T.R.A.S.H.

Along with S.T.O.P.S., Maryland Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits (T.R.A.S.H.), is part of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Youth and College Tobacco-Free Initiatives. T.R.A.S.H. is a community-based initiative that works to develop coalitions made up of high-school youth and advisors to reflect Maryland's ethnic, social and geographic diversity. The groups foster meaningful youth-led tobacco prevention activities that:

  • Reduce youth tobacco use
  • Encourage and increase youth empowerment, positive development, civic involvement, leadership, and decision-making responsibilities
  • Deglamorize tobacco use to reduce positive attitudes about use
  • Reduce secondhand smoke exposure in youth

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  1. American Journal of Public Health, August, 2007: Special Issue on Young Adult Tobacco Cessation:
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