Youth Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars recruiting teen smokers because they know that 90% of smokers start smoking before age 18. There is a youth tobacco group called YPAL (Youth Preventing All Lies) at Marshalltown High School that helps youth educate others about the risks of tobacco use. Contact Shannon Chyma at SATUCI at 641-752-5421 to see how to get involved.

Want to know more about tobacco?

Some facts about the tobacco industry and tobacco:



  • In 1997, a Big Tobacco executive said under oath that he believed Gummy Bears were addictive like cigarettes.
  • As of 2006, tobacco was still depicted in three-quarters of youth rated movies.
  • Sodium hydroxide is a caustic compound found in hair removal products. It's also found in cigarettes.
  • Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found in cigarette smoke.
  • One tobacco company biologically engineered tobacco plants that have twice their normal level of nicotine.
  • Secondhand smoke kills 53,000 nonsmokers in the U.S. each year.
  • Being in a smoky bar for only two hours is the same as smoking four cigarettes.
  • Cigarette smoke contains 63 chemical compounds known to cause cancer.
  • To market its deadly product, the tobacco industry spends about $414,000 a day in Iowa.
  • Studies have found that 60 to 78 percent of spit tobacco users have oral lesions.
  • Constant exposure to tobacco juice causes cancer of the esophagus, pharynx, larynx, stomach and pancreas.
  • One tobacco company, the Liggett Group, Inc., has admitted that the entire tobacco industry conspired to market cigarettes to children.