Teen smoking statistics...the teen tobacco use bigger picture.

Teen smoking statistics tell us something chilling about teen cigarette smoking. How ugly the picture has become. The rush amongst young people to look cool and be accepted is at the root.

The concern is huge and growing yet more and more teens are added to the addiction daily world wide. I hope these statistics will affirm your determination to quit or at least help a teen stop smoking or prevent another one from starting

If you are a parent or a smoking teen for that matter, all is not lost. Once you are done with these statistics head to teenage tobacco use for some useful intervention tips.

Here comes a breath taking collection of teen smoking statistics;

  • In the United States, over 3500 young people start smoking everyday.
  • 60% of young people who smoke start at the age of 14.
  • Teens who smoke are 15 times more likely than non-smokers to move on to narcotic drugs.

  • Among young males who smoke:
    1. One will become a murder victim
    2. 6 will become traffic accident victims
    3. 250 will become casualties of smoking related diseases
  • Smoking statistics show that over 6 million Americans under 18 years of age use tobacco
  • In 2005 average age for smokeless tobacco use between ages 12 to 49 was 18 years.
  • 80% of all smokers start at age 18. 90% start before the age of 21.


    teen smoking statistics

  • There are 800 000 new teen smokers in the USA every year.
  • An estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from smoking related diseases
  • In 1993 27% of those between 15-24 years smoked regularly in the UK
  • A 1998 study found 57% of Irish adolescent boys under 18 years smokers.
  • Tobacco causes 6500 Irish deaths per year including teens
  • Teen smoking statistics also show that the earlier a person starts smoking the less likely and hard it will be for them to give up.
  • A teen with a friend that smokes is 11.5 times more likely to also start smoking.
  • In South Africa out of 1000 youths 13 to 19 years interviewed 29% confessed to having a lot of friends who smoke
  • 79% of boys interviewed in a survey reported enjoying smoking.

  • 22% of teens in the same survey wanted to stop due to fears of ill-health and 9% due to the irritating coughing
  • What more...15% of teens smoke to feel cool.
  • In 2007, 20% of high school students in the United States were ongoing cigarette smokers - 19% of females and 21% of males.
  • 2006 teen smoking statistics show about 6% of middle school students in the United States were ongoing smokers - 6% of females and 6% of males.
  • Almost 18% of European young people aged 13 to 15 smoke. This is more than twice the world average of 8.9%
  • Young people smoke by region as follows; the Americas region has 17.5%, Africa has 9.2%, Western Pacific accounts for 6.5%, the Eastern Mediterranean holds 5.0% and Southeast Asia 4.3%.

Teenage Tobacco Use The stats above indicate a big and growing problem. There are reasons why teens use tobacco and how parents can help those who are currently smoking to quit and those who haven't started not to start. You may follow the link.


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