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Louisiana Youth Program

Youth in Louisiana are more likely to smoke than their national counterparts, across gender and race/ethnicity.

Almost 30% of youth aged 18-24 currently smoke cigarettes.

The degree to which middle school students are smoking in Louisiana compared to their national counterparts is particularly alarming. The proportion of Louisiana middle school students who smoke is 55% higher than the national median.

  • Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids in Louisiana each year: 13.8 million
  • Kids exposed to second hand smoke at home - 294,000
  • Kids alive in state today who will ultimately die from smoking - 109,000 (given current smoking levels.)

We are working with schools and directly with youth to help kids get healthier.

Smoking Facts
You can reap the benefits of quitting smoking in as little as 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes

Blood pressure and pulse rate improve to healthier levels.

After 8 hours

Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in blood return to normal.

After 1 day

Your chance of a heart attack decreases.

After 2 days

Nerve endings regenerate; sense of smell and taste are enhanced.

After 2 weeks

Circulation improves and lung function increases.

After 1-9 months

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.

After 1 year

Chance of heart attack is cut in half.

After 5 years

Stroke risk is reduced to the same levels as a non-smoker.

After 10 years

Risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a current smoker.

After 15 years

Risk of coronary heart disease and death is about the same as it is for those who have never smoked.


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