Right Decisions

If we want to prevent young people from smoking, the data tell us we’ve got to start early. Nearly nine in 10 smokers started the habit by age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Smoking and tobacco use prevention is no doubt part of your health curriculum, especially with the prevalence
of smokeless tobacco products and the rising popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers. One tool districts
and schools can consider is a program aimed at middle school students and called Right Decisions, Right Now
(www.rightdecisionsrightnow.com).

The youth tobacco prevention program was developed in 1992 by Lifetime Learning Systems, Inc., and updated by By Kids For Kids (BKFK) into Web and digital formats. The program, which has been used in more than 20,000 middle schools, is free for anyone who wants to use it.

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