Teenage tobacco use...figures are high causes are diverse, solutions take willing souls.
Covering teenage smoking statistics
It is no secret that teenage tobacco use is on the rise. The concerns to parents, communities and governments are sky high. This can only be natural were over 3000 youths start to smoke each and every day.
Some even suggest 4000 to 6000 per day. Teen smoking statistics vary. To calm your nerves and also to be more realistic 3000 starters per day is more like it.
Teenage tobacco use is mostly in the form of cigarette smoking. On average it has its ruler-ship in over 20% of any given population of young people aged 15-24 years.In fact in the UK a study of boys under the age of 18 years gave 57% of them away as smokers. This was according to the WHO definition of a smoker.
The concern to parents and others about teenage smoking is not unfounded. By far smoking is the resultant cause of death in Europe, the USA and other developed countries.The risk is magnified in those who start on nicotineaddiction in their teenage years.
Not only will half of them that continue steadily on this path get killed by tobacco use in middle and old age. Most will find it extremely difficult to quit. They will become trapped. Today the story is the same one person after the other in their 30s and 40s. "I started as a teenage boy or girl. I can't come off it". In fact about 90% of all smokers started off in their teenage years as teen smokers.
The tragedy is teenage smokers become addicted faster to tobacco use than adults at relatively lower levels of nicotine. The explanation is straight forward. A teenage brain, the target of nicotine, is younger and maturing. Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes addiction in tobacco users.
Should the current teenage smoking pattern stay the course; about 4.6 million kids will die before their time due to tobacco-related diseases. Those killed by smoking between ages 35 to 69 take to waste about 20 to 25 years of their life's expectancy. The dangers of smoking are equally real in teens as in older people who smoke.
Teenage addiction from smoking tobacco may lead to lung cancer and other cancers from smoking. Tobacco and alcohol abuse usually come hand in hand in teens. The only viable way is for teens to quit smoking tobacco if they are to also stand a chance to avoid teenage marijuana use. Altogether the ultimate place would be a drug rehab or alcohol rehab in an effort to save teenage health.
Amazingly and contrary to popular perception those who are killed by tobacco are not so much 'heavy' users. They are merely those who started in their teenage years as teenage smokers. The attack and assault on the internal make-up would have been long and protracted.
Teenage smoking is a nightmare to parents. Something must be done and indeed can be done. The goal of any parent, community leader or government is to arrest the problem before it goes out of hand.
Tobacco advertising efforts are however far from relenting. With the advent of social networking on the internet, new gold frontiers have been found on platforms such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Critics say these adverts are targeting youth seeing that over 80% of users are young people. Certainly tobacco companies would not be doing it if it wasn't working.
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