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  • Teen Smoking Skyrockets

    Posted on August 7th, 2011 admin No comments

    A study reported that American teenagers are becoming casual smokers, instead of heavy/regularly smokers. Heavy smoking was defined by enjoying more than 11 cigarettes per day. Moderate smoking was defined as enjoying between six to 10 cigarettes per day. Light smoking was defined by having one to five cigarettes per day.

    Between 1991 and 2009, heavy smoking among teenagers has decreased by 10 percent, down to 8 percent. During this time, casual smoking has increased from 67 percent to 79 percent. No significant changes in smoking trends for African American teenagers was observed, but for Hispanic teenagers, the heavy smoking rate increased from 3.1 percent to 6.4 percent.

    Smoking has different risks for people who smoke at all. By smoking, people have an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, lung cancer, and other types of cancer. An estimated 90% of all lung cancer in males are caused by smoking. An estimated 80% of lung cancer in females is caused by smoking.

    According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes has contributed to an estimated 443,000 deaths annually. Nearly one of every five deaths in the U.S. are related to smoking. Tobacco causes more deaths per year than Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.

    This study was reported in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.