SMOKING - TEENS
Tobacco use primarily begins in early adolescence, typically by age 16.
Roughly 6 million teens in the US today smoke despite the knowledge that it is addictive and leads to disease.
Of the 3,000 teens who started smoking today, nearly 1,000 will eventually die as a result from smoking.
Of every 100,000 15 year old smokers, tobacco will prematurely kill at least 20,000 before the age of 70.
More than 90 percent of adult smokers started when they were teens.
Kids who smoke have significant health problems, including cough and phlegm production, decreased physical fitness and unfavorable lipid profile.
Kids who smoke experience changes in the lungs and reduced lung growth, and they risk not achieving normal lung function as an adult.
If your child's best friends smoke, then your youngster is 13 times more likely to smoke than if his or her friends did not smoke.
Each day 3,000 children smoke their first cigarette.
At least 3 million adolescents are smokers.