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Note: This site documents N.C.’s work on making public schools tobacco free, from 2000 until state law went into effect in 2008, and is provided as a resource for states and communities currently working to make their schools tobacco free. Factual information reflects research and data from 2000-2008.

New Study on Childhood Smoking

A research report in the November edition of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows that even one cigarette smoked before age 10 nearly doubles the probability of habitual smoking. This study adds urgency to the need for parents to keep cigarettes away from kids and for school districts to provide a tobacco free environment that minimizes opportunities to try - and later become addicted to - cigarettes. The study by the Chapel Hill Center of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation is the first to measure smoking habits of one group of kids from third grade to teen-age years.

For more information about this study, Download and read the full report in PDF format.
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