Causes and Effects of Tobacco Use in Teens
Nowadays, most teenagers do not fully understand dangers and their potential consequences. They know that there are potential negative consequences, but they do not consider the fact that they could be the one to have this negative outcome. This happens with many things, but one of the largest consequences people do not think about is the vast negative affects tobacco can have on their bodies and mentality. Tobacco is dangerous, influential, and can negatively impact mental health and behavior.
To begin with, tobacco is an extremely dangerous substance. Tobacco products can cause health diseases and even death. Cigarette smoking during adolescence produces significant health problems among young adults, and an estimated 6.4 million children will die from smoking-related diseases if current tobacco patterns persist. In the Western Pacific region alone, approximately 25% of youth will die from smoking related causes. Approximately 440 thousand Americans die each year from smoking related diseases; that’s more than fifty people every hour! Tobacco is also extremely dangerous because the chemicals in it make it highly addictive. Most kids that have smoked 100 or more cigarettes want to quit but are not able to do so. One out of every two people that start smoking in their childhood will continue to smoke for 15 to 20 years. The facts and statistics do not lie; tobacco is too dangerous and addictive, especially for children and teens to be using.
In addition, teens are too influenced by the people around them. In adolescent and young adult years, people are highly susceptible to other people’s suggestions and tend to mirror the activities and habits of those around them. Across the five most major nationalities, 26.28% of men and 18.72% of women smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. Worldwide, nearly one of every five teens ages 13-15 smokes. The percentage of adults smoking and the percentage of teens smoking just goes...