August 2014 Leaderboard

From the Editor
By Kathleen Vail

Fighting the good fight

I was lucky to have avoided the smoking habit, but I’ve seen family members, friends, and colleagues struggle to quit—and it is a struggle. Better never to have started.

Tobacco’s damage to the human body is well-documented by science: Cigarette smoke harms nearly every organ in your body and is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Preventable is the key word here. Nearly nine out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, the CDC says, so schools clearly can and do play a role in catching young people before they start smoking to educate them on the dangers of tobacco use.

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