Every day 2,100 kids become daily smokers, according to statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). One third of those smokers will die prematurely because of their habit.
If that’s not shocking enough, take a look at 20 other sobering statistics about teens and smoking. If you're searching for outpatient substance abuse treatment centers in Wilmington NC, look no further! Legacy Freedom of Wilmington can help you. Call today for more information.
Teen Smoking Facts
1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 7 percent of middle school students and 23 percent of high school students have admitted to using a tobacco product.
2. Of adult smokers, 90 percent began smoking before the age of 19.
3. About 30 percent of teen smokers will continue to smoke throughout their lives and die early from a smoking-related disease.
4. Children and teenagers are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of smoking, including impaired lung growth and development of a chronic cough.
5. Girls who smoke are even more vulnerable to reduced lung function, even if they only smoke 5 or fewer cigarettes a day.
6. All smokers are more susceptible to heart disease, but it can have an early onset for smokers who start young.
7. Teens are more likely to become addicted faster and more strongly because the impulse control in their brains is still developing, causing them to make impulsive decisions that someone older may not.
8. A teen who smokes a few cigarettes a day can become addicted in as little as two weeks.
9. Smokers in their teens are more likely to have anxiety, suffer from depression and have panic attacks.
10. Teens are able to get cigarettes because over 1.5 million packs are bought for minors every year.
11. Some studies have concluded that a teen who smokes is three times more likely to drink, eight times more likely to smoke pot and 22 times more likely to try cocaine.
12. Female smokers can develop excessive facial hair.
13. Teenage smokers are more likely to have acne and breakouts, and they tend to last longer.
14. The immune system of teens who smoke are weaker, causing them to catch colds more frequently and spend longer getting over them. They also have worse symptoms than a nonsmoker.
15. Smoking causes bad breath, yellow teeth and poor skin. Teenagers are especially self-conscious about their appearance and smoking can exacerbate these problems.
16. Teens who smoke may have problems sleeping.
17. Smoking increases everyone’s risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke.
18. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
19. About 66 percent of teen smokers say they want to quit, and 70 percent say they wish they had never started.
20. Most smokers started in high school, so there is chance that if you never smoked as a teen, you won’t as an adult.
Preventing teen smoking can be as simple as providing them with information to make good decisions. Talk with them about the physical and health consequences, plus the cost of being a smoker. Cigarettes aren’t a cheap habit. Also, have them talk with a current or former smoker about how hard it is to quit. Not becoming a smoker in the first place is much easier than starting and stopping later.
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