Preventing tobacco product use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the united states. Tobacco product use is started and established primarily during adolescence. 1,2 nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by age 18, and 98 first try smoking by age 26. About 1,600 youth under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette and. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine. As with heroin or other addictive drugs, the body and mind quickly get used to the nicotine in cigarettes. 396,000 smokers who started as teens die each year from smoking related diseases. Each day 3,800 children under the age of 18 try smoking for the first time. Try and get to know your teens friends, and see if they smoke. If you find any signs that your teen may be smoking, talk to them as it is your best bet to get through to them. Do not push them away, work with them to find a solution to the problem. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. Teens who smoke are also more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.