Health Tip: Teen Smokers

Some facts you should know

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(HealthDayNews) -- If you're a young smoker and believe cigarettes are merely a product of teenage experimentation, the Hawaii Department of Health suggests you consider these facts:

  • Smoking is responsible for close to 420,000 deaths in the United States each year.
  • Young smokers are 100 times more likely to become addicted to other substances, such as heroin and cocaine.
  • Most teenage smokers are hooked by the time they turn 20 years old.
  • Smoking makes you smell bad, gives you bad breath, makes your fingers turn yellow, and gives you premature wrinkles.
  • Smoking can lead to a host of physical problems, including emphysema, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
  • Experimenting with smoking can lead to a full-fledged addiction and a lifetime of trying to quit.

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