It is anticipated that 103,000 kids currently under 18 in South Carolina will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Statistics gathered in 2011 show that statewide:
These rates have dramatically decreased from a high of 36.6 percent of high school students smoking in 1999, but unfortunately, statistics show that children in our state are starting to try smoking at younger ages. (For instance, in 2007, 8.7 percent of S.C. middle school students smoked - a number that was above the national average even then.)
The following initiatives are just a few examples of ways DHEC is working with schools to discourage kids from smoking and using tobacco.
We encourage schools to implement and incorporate evidence-based curricula into their school health classes to prevent tobacco use and addiction. We can suggest many research-based curricula, and your school can choose the one that best fits your students' needs. For information, please call (803) 545-4467.
The resources listed below help explain the harmful effects of tobacco use and provide suggestions on how to prevent young people from using tobacco. This information is useful for anyone interested in teaching youth and young adults about the negative health effects associated with tobacco. Use these links to national organizations, programs, toolkits and reports to design or enhance local program efforts.