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Facts & statistics of teenage smoking

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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New Smokers

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.

U.S. Percentage

In the United States, about 20 per cent of teens consider themselves to be regular smokers.

Habit Forming

Roughly 75 per cent of teen smokers will continue smoking into their adult lives.

Physical Fitness

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.

Peer Pressure

A teenager is 13 times more likely to start smoking if he has friends who smoke.

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About the Author

Kenneth Coppens

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.

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