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Youth & Tobacco

Each day in the United States, nearly 3,800 young people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette.

In South Dakota, just over 23% of high school students smoke. Here are some other reasons why we need to talk to our children about not using tobacco:

If you don't smoke, DON'T START. If you or someone you know needs help quitting, contact the South Dakota Quitline at 1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487).

"This is Our Watch" is a campaign designed to help retailers follow federal laws and regulations for youth tobacco sales. Materials included in this kit include a poster, regulation flyers, signage, stickers and an age vertification calendar. Live Well Sioux Falls has these available free of charge. If you would like to request a "This is Our Watch" toolkit for your business please email


Source: South Dakota Department of Health, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids