Facts about smoking and teens

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), diseases caused by smoking kill more than 440,000 people in the United States each year; of that number, more than 135,000 deaths are cardiovascular related. Even with anti-smoking campaigns and medical disclaimers in place, many people continue to smoke or start smoking every year. According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of new smokers are children and teenagers, in many cases replacing the smokers who quit or died prematurely from a smoking-related disease.

Smokers not only have increased risk of lung disease, including lung cancer and emphysema, but also have increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and oral cancer.

Consider the latest statistics available from the American Lung Association:

  • Every day approximately 3,600 children between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,100 of them will become regular smokers.

  • At least 4.5 million adolescents (ages 12 to 17 years) are current smokers.

  • Among 12th graders, 20 percent smoke cigarettes daily.

Medical Reviewers: Brown, Carolyn RN, MN, CCRN, CNS, Joanne Foody, MD, FACC, FAHA, Louise Akin, RN, BSN, Roberta Mitchell, RN, MSN, CPNP Last Review Date: May 9, 2011

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