SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An effort to raise awareness and keep children tobacco free swept the nation Wednesday.
As part of National Kick Butts Day former U.S. Surgeon General, Doctor Regina Benjamin addressed issues associated with smoking and children while at the Healthy Syracuse Worksite Wellness Conference at the SRC Arena.
Benjamin spoke about the impact tobacco marketing has on today's youth.
She says each death caused by cigarette smoking, is replaced by two young smokers.
"Ninety percent of all smokers start before the age of 19. Ninety-nine before the age of 26. If we could just get that next generation to not to take that first cigarette before the age of 26. That generation could be tobacco free," said Regina Benjamin, Former U.S. Surgeon General.
National Kick Butts Day is organized by Tobacco-Free Kids.