Smoking and the Effects It Has on Teenagers

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As a society, we have a long way to go to win the fight against tobacco smoking. If the parents are informed about the hazards of smoking, and recognize when their teen is being pressured or is actually smoking, then they will enact a plan of successful preventive measures that will enhance the life and health of their teenager and family. Just being aware of the circumstances and pressures that lure teens to start smoking will help parents recognize the signs and start early prevention measures that can have successful results. A teen should be aware of the effects of cigarette smoking, that is why all cigarette packs have Surgeons General Warning. The temptation to smoke, like many other things, is a fact of life for many teens. Many teens have smoked a cigarette at least once. For parents the numbers of teenage smoking is impressive and alarming. Research shows that the average teen smoker begins using tobacco products at age thirteen and becomes a daily smoker by fourteen and one and a half(14.5). Smoking rates among teens continue to rise and are currently at their highest levels in sixteen years. Everyday three-thousand kids become addicted to tobacco products and almost one-thousand of these smokers will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease. Research shows that more people die from tobacco-related deaths than from AIDS, alcohol, drugs, fires, homicide, motor vehicle and suicide combined. Particularly amazing is the fact that more than three-million young people under the age of eighteen smoke half a billion cigarettes each year and that more than one-half of them consider themselves dependent upon cigarettes. The decision to use tobacco is nearly always made in the teen years, and about one-half of young people usually continue to use tobacco products as adults. Among young people, the short-term health consequences of smoking include respiratory and non-respiratory effects, addiction to...
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