Smoking Prevention Success Story

The above Tobacco Infographic details Barry County Teen Tobacco Use between 2010 and 2012. As Barry County’s Substance Abuse Task Force, we provide prevention education to youth during the years when the risk of becoming addicted to tobacco is greatest. Our goal is to establish the need for
a tobacco-free environment that establishes non-use of tobacco as a norm and offers opportunities for positive role modeling.

We are proud to say our task force has been successful in reaching our Barry County youths and raising awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use. Between 2010 and 2012, we have seen positive results growing in youth choosing not to smoke, spreading the prevention awareness to their peers, and family members encouraging tobacco-free homes.


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CDC: A Former Smoker

Learn from Terri, a chronic smoker which resulted in throat cancer.

In this TV ad for CDC's Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Terrie talks about how she gets ready for the day after the effects of treatments for throat cancer caused her to lose her teeth and hair, and to have a laryngecotomy.


Secondhand Rose, Secondhand Smoke

In this video learn from this young boy who is singing about the secondhand smoke that he is breathing because of his mom and dad's cigarettes.




Smoking Prevention

Smoking and smokeless tobacco use are initiated and established primarily during adolescence. More than 80% of adult smokers begin smoking before 18 years of age. Additionally, adolescent smokeless tobacco users are more likely than nonusers to become adult cigarette smokers. Each day in the United States, approximately 3,800 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,000 youth in that age group become daily cigarette smokers.


High School students in each of the 5 districts learn about the dangers of Tobacco. With the support of SATF staff teenagers then go to local 4th grade classrooms and present the material.

Special quit coaches for expectant mothers.