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More Teens Smoking Than Adults

by The Kid's Doctor Staff
 

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The 33rdannual Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 20. The day is designed to give free resources to help smokers quit. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of younger children who smoke has been on the decline since the late 1990s. Despite that statistic, the rate of tobacco smoking among teenagers is still higher than those of adults. Nearly all first use of tobacco products takes place before a child graduates from high school.

The American Cancer Society also says that approximately 90% of adult smokers started at or before the age of 19.

Cigarette smoking can cause serious health problems in children and teens including:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Phlegm
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Poor lung growth and function

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say parents should start talking from an early age with their children about the risks of tobacco use. If your child already smokes, the CDC suggests avoiding threats and ultimatums to get your child to stop. Instead parents should try to help their child stop in a positive and supportive way.

More Information: The Great American Smokeout (American Cancer Society)

More Information: Child and Teen Tobacco Use (American Cancer Society)

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