Smoking Affects Teenagers

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How Does Smoking Affect the Adolescence of Today?

General Information Smoking among adolescents is a global concern because smoking long term poses many health hazards. Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the world, and one in two long-term teen smokers will get ill or die early. 90% of smokers began before the age of 19; every day almost 3,900 adolescents under 18 years of age try their first cigarette. More than 950 of them will become daily smokers. 30% of today’s adolescents will continue smoking and die early from smoking diseases. By 2030, unless urgent action is taken, tobacco’s yearly death toll will rise to more than eight million.

The Science Behind Smoking

Every time you smoke, blood that’s thick and dirty with toxins circulates through your body in seconds, increasing your chances of a heart attack or stroke. We know smoking is dangerous, but how dangerous? A lit cigarette contains over 4000 chemicals, 70 that are known to cause cancer, including: Tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine, acetone, ammonia, arsenic, benzene, cadmium, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.

Why do adolescents smoke?

Teenagers smoke for several reasons and often for the same reasons as adults do, coping with stress, control weight or as a social habit. Many adolescents began smoking because of “peer pressure”.

Some adolescent females smoke because of wanting to lose weight. As nicotine causes your heart to beat faster this
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