Tobacco Use in Teens

Tobacco Use in Teens

In today’s world, most teenagers do not fully understand dangers and their potential consequences. Typically, certain activities and lifestyles have known dangers and known potential negative consequences, but teens do not consider the fact that they could be the one who ends up with the negative consequence. This happens with many different things, but one of the largest consequences people do not think about is the vast negative affects that tobacco can have on their bodies and their mentality. Tobacco is dangerous, influential, and can negatively impact mental health and behavior.

To begin with, tobacco is an extremely dangerous substance. Tobacco products can cause a wide variety of health diseases and may even lead to death. Cigarette smoking during childhood causes significant health problems among young adults, and about 6.4 million children will die from smoking-related diseases if current tobacco patterns persist. In the Western Pacific region alone, approximately 25% of youth will die from smoking related causes; one out of every four kids will be taken away from their families and loved ones because of one decision. Approximately 440 thousand Americans die each year from smoking related diseases; that’s more than fifty people every hour! Another reason tobacco is extremely dangerous is because the chemicals in tobacco make it highly addictive. Most kids that have smoked 100 or more cigarettes want to quit, but find that they are not able to do so; their bodies are being controlled by tobacco because of their decision to light up. One out of every two people that start smoking in their childhood will continue to smoke for 15 to 20 years, and with every year they smoke, that just increases their likelihood of contracting a health problem. The facts and statistics do not lie; tobacco is too dangerous and addictive, especially for children and teens, more irresponsible than not, to be using.

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