under Age smoking

Tyler Amaya

  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis)
  • Males tend to have significantly higher rates of smoking prevalence than females. In 2005, 23.9 percent of males currently smoked compared to 18.1 percent of females
  • Each day, nearly 6,000 children under 18 years of age start smoking; of these, nearly 2,000 will become regular smokers. That is almost 800,000 annually
  • Approximately 90 percent of smokers begin smoking before the age of 21
  • If current tobacco use patterns persist, an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease
  • Tobacco use in adolescence is associated with a range of heath-compromising behaviors, including being involved in fights, carrying weapons, engaging in high-risk sexual behavior and using alcohol and other drugs
  • Secondhand smoke has been classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known cause of cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen)
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide.

For more information on why smoking in geral is a bad idea and some reasons to stop visit https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17541-alcohol-teenage–underage-drinking/teenage-smoking