Teen Smoking Facts

 

Teen Smoking Facts

Today more anti-smoking measures are being taken than ever before, yet some teenagers ignore what they have been told and start smoking anyway. 

This may be due to the fact that, despite all our best efforts, these children are still not fully educated about the real dangers of smoking. Adolescents are at risk of serious health problems once they start smoking. Smoking can lead to other bad habits, such as drinking and drug use. Parents are the most influential and have the power to make their children aware of the dangers of smoking. Although there are other environmental factors that still make it easier and more acceptable for teenagers to smoke. Through the combined efforts of adults, adolescents may be able to get the education they need and decide not to smoke.


Even with all the anti-smoking programs budgeted in our schools each year, about 3000 teenagers a day develop smoking habits. Adolescents today are constantly told that smoking is not good, yet it is estimated that there are approximately 4.5 million adolescent smokers in the United States.


Cigarette advertisements, cigarettes on television and smoking cessation in public areas have made smoking more prohibited in our society than ever before. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. Oddly enough, most of these teens were bombarded with statements like, "Smoking will make your teeth yellow," or "Smoking will make your breath stink," but giving them no real information about what the effects of smoking can actually be. Didn't. Their bodies.


By educating adolescents with some information on smoking, adolescents will have a better chance of staying away from cigarettes and living longer and healthier lives. Smoking can have serious effects on the human body and since adolescents are still developing, they are more susceptible to these harmful effects. Cigarette smoke contains more than 400 chemicals, and more than 40 of them are known carcinogens.


With each puff of a cigarette, you inhale tar (yes, the things you use to make roads), hydrogen cyanide, benzene, acetone, formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide into one lung. You don't inhale smoke from car tail pipes, why do you inhale this smoke from cigarettes?


Apparently, some serious health problems are inherited from teenagers who smoke. Adolescent smokers have smaller lungs and weaker hearts than adolescents who do not smoke. Adolescent smokers are also more likely to get sick than non-smoking adolescents. Adolescents generally do not realize that nicotine addiction becomes stronger over time. What starts as a habit of smoking 5-10 cigarettes a day can be increased to 2 packs a day.


One study found that those who smoked one pack a day died an average of 7 years earlier than those who never smoked. Smoking kills more than 1,200 Americans a day and is the single most preventable cause of premature death. Adolescents who smoke are more likely to experiment with other drugs and alcohol that can cause serious problems of their own. Adolescents who smoke are traveling on very dangerous roads and most do not realize that once they start their journey, they will probably never stop.


Even with all the measures taken to prevent adolescents from smoking, there are still some factors that promote it. Parents have the biggest impact on a teenager's life. Teenagers who are smoked by two parents are more than twice as likely to be smokers by parents who do not smoke. Parents sometimes feel uncomfortable talking to their teenagers about not smoking because they think the information is going to one ear and the other, but the truth is that most of these children are listening.


Of the 3,000 adolescents who smoke every day, about 1,000 will die as a result of smoking. This is why it is so important for parents to talk to their children and explain the dangers of smoking. Although you must be 18 or older to buy cigarettes in most states, a 2001 study found that 69.4 percent of teenage smokers were never asked for proof of age when buying cigarettes in a store. This same survey found that 62.4 percent were allowed to buy cigarettes even though retailers were aware that they were under 18 years of age.


Adolescent smoking information is very important for today's young adults. The more knowledge these teenagers gain, the more they will be able to make strong, conscious decisions to never start smoking.

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