Be Smart, Don’t Start Saturday

Nicotine is not only highly addictive for youth, it’s poisonous.

Nicotine can be used as a pesticide on crops. A drop of pure nicotine can kill a person. Every day, another 1,500 kids become daily smokers, and one-third of them will die prematurely as a result of getting hooked. Even youth who don’t smoke very often can suffer not only the adverse effects of secondhand smoke, but other forms of addiction, as well.

Troubling Health Facts about Smoking and Teens

  • Girls who smoke are more likely to grow excess facial hair.
  • About 2/3 of teen smokers say they want to quit smoking, and 70% say they would not have started if they could choose again.
  • Teens who smoke break out more, and breakouts last longer for teens who smoke.
  • Kids who smoke 2 or 3 cigarettes a day can get hooked in as short as two weeks.
  • If current smoking patterns in the United States persist, approximately 5 million of today’s children will die prematurely of tobacco-related diseases.

Source: “Adolescent and School Health – Tobacco Use Prevention Through Schools.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

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