June 2, 2004
Health Tip: Teen Smokers
Some facts you should know
(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.