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Promote the Great American Smokeout on November 20
The American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout annually on the third Thursday of November to encourage smokers to use that day to make a plan to quit or to quit smoking on that day. Smoking prevention also is a concern to those involved in underage drinking prevention due to the many similarities between the two in terms of use and consequences. Individuals under age 21 who drink also are more likely to smoke. The younger the adolescents are when they start using tobacco, the more likely they are to become addicted to nicotine and the more heavily addicted they will become. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, youth who begin using alcohol by age 14 are more than six times more likely than those who wait until age 21 to have alcohol problems as adults (14.8 vs. 2.3 percent). Both alcohol and tobacco use are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adolescents. More

November Is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
More than 1.6 million children are homeless at some point during a year; according to the National Center on Family Homelessness; that number is increasing. Many homeless youth have lost their sense of safety and security and also are victims of trauma. They have a higher risk of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder and a greater vulnerability to being trafficked.

In support of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, and policymakers and advocates better understand and respond to homeless youth. More

November Is Native American Heritage Month
For more than 100 years, Native Americans and others sought to have a designated time to honor the contributions, achievements, sacrifices, and cultural and historical legacy of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States. This long-term effort culminated in 2009, when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed legislation that established the Friday after Thanksgiving Day of each year as Native American Heritage Day. The theme for 2014 is Native Pride and Spirit: Yesterday, Today, and Forever. Take time this month to celebrate the diversity and strength of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This month also is an opportunity to educate the public about Native Americans, their historic and current challenges, and the ways in which Native American communities are responding to these challenges. More