More and more teenagers start smoking each day. What starts out as something new and exciting can turn into a deadly habit. It is important for teens to know that smoking at a young age can have a negative effect on their entire lives.
An estimated 3,000 teens smoke their first cigarette each day, 1,000 of whom will die from tobacco-related causes.
The lungs of teens who smoke will not develop fully, which puts them at higher risk for lung disease.
In the United States, about 20 per cent of teens consider themselves to be regular smokers.
Roughly 75 per cent of teen smokers will continue smoking into their adult lives.
Teens who smoke have poor physical fitness compared to teens who do not. This puts them at risk for obesity, which can lead to several diseases.
A teenager is 13 times more likely to start smoking if he has friends who smoke.