So why are people still lighting up? The answer, in a word, is addiction. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine.
Open the Search Form. You may think that you can use tobacco without becoming addicted. But the truth is, most teens who use tobacco will get hooked.
Revised May Tobacco is a leafy plant grown around the world, including in parts of the United States. There are many chemicals found in tobacco leaves but nicotine is the one that can lead to addiction.
When it comes to preventing teens from using tobacco or helping them quit, parents and other caring adults can take several steps. Set an example. Choose not to smoke or use other tobacco products. You should speak up before adolescents begin smoking or if tobacco use of any kind is suspected.
If cigarette smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5. Preventing tobacco product use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States. Youth who use multiple tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and might be more likely to continue using tobacco into adulthood.
It describes the epidemic of tobacco use among youth ages 12 through 17 and young adults ages 18 through 25, including the epidemiology, causes, and health effects of this tobacco use and interventions proven to prevent it. Scientific evidence contained in this report supports the following facts:. We have made progress in reducing tobacco use among youth; however, far too many young people are still using tobacco.
Our monthly newsletter includes expert health tips, recent research findings, and news from National Jewish Health. Make an Appointment. There are currently more than 3 million young people under the age of 18 who are current smokers.
Smoking kills more than 37, Canadians each year—six times more than car accidents, suicides, homicides and AIDS combined. Every year, thousands of teenagers smoke their first cigarette. Cigarettes contain nicotine — one of the most addictive substances in the world.
Most smokers started when they were teens. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year to create and market ads that show smoking as exciting, glamorous, and safe. Tobacco use is also shown in video games, online, and on TV.