Despite it being illegal for teens under the age of 18 to purchase cigarettes in most of the developed world to include the United States, there are still more than 3 million teen smokers in the U.S. Alone. The time to educate your teen about smoking is in the pretween and tween years. If your teen already smokes or you think that they do, its not too late to continue trying to educate him or her on the dangers of smoking with an eye to not trying to be to pushy with them. Many teens who successfully quit smoking, do so by being treated as an adult by their parents who take a measured approach to educating their teen on the dangers of smoking. The following are some facts that you may find useful if talking to your teenager or tween about the dangers of smoking.
Teen Smoking Facts
If your teen daughter smokes and takes birth control pills, her chances of having a stroke and blood clots is significantly increased.
Teenagers who smoke are three times more likely to drink, 22 times more likely to use cocaine, and eight times more likely to smoke marijuana.
Almost 75 percent of high school smokers were still smoking almost 10 years later.
Someone who starts smoking at 13 will have a significantly more difficult task to quit smoking than someone who picks up the habit at the age of 21.
Teenagers who smoke see reduced lung growth and they risk not developing full lung capacity for when they are an adult.
Teenagers that smoke find themselves with reduced physical fitness, cough more, have increased phlegm production, and overall more health issues than their counterparts who do not smoke.
If you teenager hangs out with friends who smoke, they are 10 times more likely to start smoking than if they hang out with friends who do not smoke.
More than 90% of adults who smoke started when they were a teenager.
There are more than 3 million teenagers who smoke.
More than 3,000 teenagers and tweens start smoking every day.
More than 20 % of American teenagers smoke.
More than 6 million American teenagers smoke today despite the education efforts of the past two decades.
More than 1,000 of the 3,000 teenagers and tweens who start smoking today will eventually die from complications created by smoking.
Tweens and Teens who have both parents that smoke are twice as likely to start smoking than those kids who have non-smoking parents.
Despite it being the law for stores to request for identification from those buying cigarettes, most teens are not asked for ID or sold the cigarettes knowingly by the store clerk(s).