New initiative to help prevent children from smoking


Nearly 56,000 children in Connecticut will eventually die from smoking. Nearly 1,300 kids under the age of 18 become new daily smokers every year. These statistics will not change, unless smoking rates go down. The Boys and Girls Clubs in Connecticut and Northeast Medical Group hope to be a part of that change. 

Thanks to a grant from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, a new initiative called ‘Be Smart, Don’t Start’ is running in 15 clubs throughout the state of Connecticut with 350 teen leaders and their staff members.

For more information on the “Be Smart, Don’t Start” Program, please contact Rachel Cisz at or Rober Mitchell of Northeast Medical Group at

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