We all know that there is a teen smoking problem in the US and the entire world. It’s cool to smoke, teens love it even more because it’s forbidden, and peer pressure plays a great role. We all know that, teens know that after all the education about tobacco and nicotine and harmful effects of smoking they have received, but it seems like none of that matter. Teens still smoke, and we are yet to find a way to change that trend.
The main issue about smoking is the nicotine addiction and the harmful effects that nicotine has on our bodies. Nicotine is one of the most addictive known substances today, and it is the number one cause of disease in the US, also a leading cause of death in the United States.
If we look at the statistics we will see that over 90% of lung cancer in the US is direct cause of smoking, and almost 40,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke. But the fact that nicotine is so harmful and dangerous and that it is illegal in all states for teens under 18 and in some states for those under 19 seem to have no effect on our teenagers.
We know that nicotine is a highly addictive substance; tar increases everyday chances of lung cancer and bronchial disorders as well as emphysema. The chance of getting one of many cardiovascular diseases increases tenfold because of the carbon monoxide.
Smoking while pregnant is extremely harmful for the mothers and for the baby’s health; there is a great risk of miscarriage and even low birthweight for the newly born babies. Secondhand smoke we experience every day not only causes great chances of contracting a lung disease and lung cancer, but it also increases the risks of respiratory illnesses, especially with children.
We can all agree that cigarettes are bad for our health and the health of those around us. And it is even more harmful if the ones smoking are teens that are still developing as nicotine and other harmful substances found in cigarettes can influence their development and harm their health permanently.
Teen smoking is an issue, and it will be until all of us raise our children from an early age and teach them not to smoke, but the only way we can expect some success with this method is if we lead by example. Parents smokers can’t teach their children not to smoke, it will be contra productive, While it is known that one out of ten teens with non smoking parents will become a smoker, a far less percentage than with parents that smoke.