In , 3. These statistics reveal how big a problem teen smoking is and continues to be in the United States. Our goal is to reveal the reasons why young people start to smoke, and then find ways to stop it before it starts. Teens can have a hard time during their adolescence, which can sometimes lead to bad decision-making. One of the most common bad habits that young adults develop is smoking. There are several reasons why teenagers start to smoke.
Adolescent Social Networks: General and Smoking-Specific Characteristics Associated With Smoking
When Amanda first got curious enough about smoking to light up a cigarette, she was only 9. But when she was 12, the Hauppauge, New York, girl was depressed and looking for stress relief. She found it in a pack of cigarettes. She is one of more than 3 million to year olds who smoke in the United States, despite massive advertising campaigns about the risks involved.
Despite Serious Consequences, Teens Still Start Smoking
You know that smoking puts your health at serious risk — but did you know that it can make you gain weight around the middle, give you spots, and cause girls to develop facial hair? The earlier you start the worse it will be. Smoke at 15 and you are three times more likely to die from cancer than someone who starts in their mid 20s. The good news is that your body can recover from some of the damaging effects of smoking - the sooner you quit, the better. Girls who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day are significantly more likely than non-smokers to have facial hair, according to a study from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Despite widespread efforts at education and prevention, roughly one-quarter of U. Sadly, about three-fourths of those who smoke on a regular basis will continue smoking into adulthood. In part, this is because adolescents are more vulnerable than adults to becoming hooked on cigarettes. When researchers compared people of different ages who smoked the same number of cigarettes per day, they found that young people ages 12 to 17 demonstrated higher levels of nicotine dependence than any other age group.