There can be many factors for this, and it would be nice to know if kids are just telling kids that smoking is not cool. Other reasons could be the accessibility has become more difficult. Either way, it is a good news that smoking cigarettes among kids are decreasing.
Research shows that a vast majority of smokers began when they were children or teenagers. While recent legislation has helped reduce smoking, it still remains an important health concern. Consider the following statistics from the U.S. Surgeon General:
- Approximately 80 percent of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18.
- More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they make as adolescents - the decision to smoke cigarettes.
- Nearly all first uses of tobacco occur before high school graduation.
- Most young people who smoke are addicted to nicotine and report that they want to quit but are unable to do so.
- Tobacco is often the first drug used by young people who use alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Among young people, those with poorer grades and lower self-image are most likely to begin using tobacco.
- Young people who come from low-income families and have fewer than two adults living in their household are especially at risk for becoming smokers.
Reference: Fewer Kids Smoking, Connect with Kids
Florida Quitline - Be proactive in helping your teen quit smoking.
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