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Posts Tagged ‘smoking’

10 Tips To Help Your Teen Not Use Tobacco

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The film industry is finally beginning to snuff out cigarette use in movies.  A study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this one action could actually contribute to the decline of teens lighting up. (more…)

Almost Half of Teens Drink, Use Drugs, Smoke

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

If you have a teenager, there’s a high probability that he or she will be exposed to alcohol, drugs or cigarettes during their high school years. And, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there is a good chance that your teen will try these drugs. (more…)

K2: New Legal “Drug” For Teens?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I was seeing patients the other day when I saw a teenage boy that I have taken care of since he was born (one of the perks of being a pediatrician).  He came in over lunch with his mother, as she had called me earlier that morning, and she wanted him to have a drug screen. (more…)

Internet May Be Newest Area for Teen Tobacco Exposure

Monday, July 20th, 2009

No matter how much control you exercise over your teen’s TV and movie watching, they may still be receiving positive tobacco messages via the Internet. In particular that exposure could come from popular social networking sites like MySpace and Xanga. (more…)

Team Sports Can't Compete With Films to Keep Kids From Smoking

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Taking part in team sports lowers the odds of children smoking. But even playing a sport can’t compete with the powerful influence of smoking in movies, a new study finds.

Movies can shape popular taste and behavior, from clothing to cultural habits. Other studies have found that seeing smoking in movies increases the chances that children will light up. Researchers say as many as 30 percent to 50 percent of adolescent smokers attribute their smoking to seeing it in films. (more…)

A Crackdown on Smoking and Tobacco

Friday, June 19th, 2009

History was made at the end of last week when after a decade of advocacy by the AAP and pediatricians both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives voted to give final approval to The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which will now be forwarded to President Obama who will sign the measure into law. (more…)

Mom’s Smoking May Lead to SIDS

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Smoking by mothers has replaced infants sleeping on their stomachs as the greatest modifiable risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Australian researchers suggest.

They found that when mothers smoke, the sleep arousal process of infants, which awakens them in response to a life-threatening situation, is altered, increasing the risk for SIDS. The study is published in the April 1, 2009 issue of the journal Sleep. (more…)

Almost Half of Kids Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Despite moves in many major cities to establish clean indoor air policies, 42 percent of American children are still exposed to secondhand smoke each week, according to a new study.

The Social Climate Survey of Tobacco was conducted by the American Legacy Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatrics and researchers from Mississippi State University. (more…)

Help Your Child Stop Smoking

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Today is the National Smoke Out where every smoker is supposed to put out his or her cigarettes for the day on the road to stop smoking. Why am I writing about this on a kid’s health Web site? Well, unfortunately teenage smoking is still an ever-present issue. There are still thousands of kids every day who begin smoking, as young as 11 or 12 years of age. Statistics show that 50% of high school teens will have smoked at some time in their life, and many of them will continue to smoke. (more…)

More Teens Smoking Than Adults

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

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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)