Breaking News: Teen Smoking Skyrockets

Teen Smoking Skyrockets

Breaking News:

Teen Smoking Skyrockets

(Healingtalks) A study reported that American teenagers are becoming casual smokers, instead of heavy/regularly smokers.
In general young adults already had the highest smoking rates of any age group in the U.S., and thue new strategies to decrease young adult smoking are needed.

Researchers found that occasional smoking among teens rose from 1991 to 2009, while heavy smoking fell significantly.

We’re seeing a broad national phenomenon,” said Dr. Terry Pechachek, a study co-author from the Centers for Disease Control.

“With fewer cigarettes, the price effect, smoke-free policies and a change in the broad public awareness of risk, the heaviest patterns of use are becoming very rare,” Pechachek said.

But he warned against assuming that moderate smoking is safer in the long-run.

“It is important to note that light and intermittent smoking still has significant health risks,” Pechachek explained. “We think there may be an emerging pattern. We may be creating a new type of smoker that may be more durable, that are adapting to smoke-free environments and to changing social norms.”

Pechacek said that the high percentage of intermittent teenage smokers is unacceptable.

Teachers and parents should not downplay the risks of teen smoking

“It’s still a very risky behavior. We want to get across to people that although this is a positive trend, it’s very unacceptable to have so many children exposing themselves to something so addictive. The greatest danger is minimizing the risk.”

Here is more information on the study results

Major Rise in Teen Casual Smoking

Heavy smoking was defined by enjoying more than 11 cigarettes per day. Moderate smoking was defined as enjoying between six to 10 cigarettes per day. Light smoking was defined by having to five cigarettes per day.  Between 1991 and 2009, heavy smoking among teenagers has decreased by 10 percent, from 18 to 8 percent.

During this time, casual teen smoking has increased from 67 percent to 79 percent.

No significant changes in smoking trends for African American teenagers was observed, but for Hispanic teenagers, the heavy smoking rate increased from 3.1 percent to 6.4 percent.

Risks of Teen Smoking

Smoking has different risks for people who smoke at all. By smoking, people have an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, lung cancer, and other types of cancer. An estimated 90% of all lung cancer in males are caused by smoking. An estimated 80% of lung cancer in females is caused by smoking. Teenagers today are even more vulnerable because of the introduction of ever more adulterated GMO, and sugar-addictive fast foods that help create a teen obesity and diabetics epidemic.

Resulting Early Deaths From Smoking

According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes has contributed to an estimated 443,000 deaths annually.

Nearly one of every five deaths in the U.S. are related to smoking. Tobacco causes more deaths per year than Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders all combined.

This study was reported in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

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