Despite all of our efforts, tobacco use is still the number one cause of premature death and preventable chronic disease across the state and country. More than 9,000 Massachusetts residents die annually from tobacco-related disease. If we do not continue to push prevention policies, 103,000 Massachusetts kids alive today will die from smoking. This is unacceptable and we need your help! There is a clear need to act now and protect our kids from the tobacco companies’ efforts to addict them. More than 3,000 kids try their first cigarette every day, and one in three kids who get hooked on tobacco will die prematurely from it. Comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs are a proven method of preventing kids from starting to smoke and helping adult smokers quit.