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Teenage smoking: Facts and statistics

What is Tobacco?

Tobacco is a very toxic poison which causes addiction and leads to development of various different types of serious medical conditions. It is widely known fact that cigarettes and other similar tobacco products contain a large amount of highly harmful substances such as formaldehyde, arsenic, DDT, carbon monoxide and tar. The substance in tobacco which can be held responsible for the addiction in smokers is called nicotine. Nicotine is also very harmful because it increases the risk of cancer, stroke, breathing problems and heart attack. Nicotine addiction is very hard to break and there are a large number of people everywhere around the world who are trying to quit smoking.

Most people are not aware of the fact that chewing tobacco is also toxic to the body because it may lead to development of white patches and sores in the oral cavity and may increase the risk of cancer of the throat, gums, tongue and the mouth in general. Chewing tobacco may also be held responsible for tooth loss, tooth discoloration and severely bad breath. Another big problem with chewing tobacco is that it may be additionally associated with a much higher nicotine addiction than cigarette smoking.

Teen Smoking Statistics

Smoking is a big problem among teenagers. There are a large number of them who will have started smoking by the time they reach 11 years of age. There is a heartwarming fact that the teen smoking rate has declined since the 1990s but the same rate has remained steady ever since 2002. There are approximately 28 percent of high school students who consume tobacco products, and there are also 23 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes. Certain statistics show that 19 percent of male students enjoy smoking cigars, while the percentage of girls who indulge in such activity is somewhere around 9. Smokeless tobacco is commonly enjoyed among 14 percent of male high school students and only 2 percent of female high school students. It is a peculiar fact that there are 25 percent of white students who enjoy smoking cigarettes and that there are only 11 percent of black students who indulge in such shameful activities. Hispanic students show the same rate as white students, while the Asians share the same rate with the students who belong to black population. There is also a small percentage of students who tend to smoke by using kreteks, bidis, hookah and other types of pipes.

Why You Shouldn’t Smoke!

Each smoker should be well aware of the fact that quitting smoking could be the best decision of his or her life. In order to quit smoking, a smoker needs to break the nicotine addiction. There are a bunch of reasons why one should not smoke. Secondhand smoke is harmful to all the other people around the smoker. Cigarettes can also cause burns, which may be very dangerous in some situations. Smokers usually suffer from bad smelling skin, hair and clothes which is not very nice. There are also numerous health problems which may be associated with smoking and those include gum disease, heart disease, various types of cancer, wrinkles on the skin, constant tiredness and fatigue, lack of breath, problems breathing, sore throat, chronic cough, stained hands, stained teeth and bad breath.

One should also be familiar with the fact that smoking is a rather expensive habit. Such habit can be easily replaced with positive and meaningful things in life such as working out, taking a walk, going to a movie, chewing on sunflower seeds, calling a friend or chewing a sugarless gum.

There are certain steps which can be of great help in making it easier for a person to quit smoking. One should simply stop. All tobacco products and lighters and ashtrays need to be thrown away in order to make it all much easier. Telling all the friends about quitting may also be helpful in some cases. Making a list of reasons for quitting should also be considered as excellent means of motivation.

There are a large number of people who are concerned about gaining weight after quitting smoking. In some cases, weight gain does indeed occur, but there are also cases when people actually lost weight after quitting smoking. Individuals who gain weight after quitting smoking usually do so because they eat much more simply to substitute for smoking. This is why it is important to work out and keep fit after quitting smoking. Saying no to tobacco may not be that easy as it seems. One should never be convinced that it is okay to smoke. It is quite normal for a person to feel upset, angry, irritable, edgy, hungrier and less concentrated after quitting smoking as those are all symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Cough and headaches are also common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

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