Ads for cigarettes were all over the place. Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health. Smoking is restricted or banned in almost all public places and cigarette companies are no longer allowed to advertise on TV, radio, and in many magazines. Almost everyone knows that smoking causes cancer, emphysema, and heart disease; that it can shorten your life by 10 years or more; and that the habit can cost a smoker thousands of dollars a year. So how come people are still lighting up? The answer, in a word, is addiction.
Health Effects of Teen Smoking
CDC - Fact Sheet - Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking - Smoking & Tobacco Use
Cancer The Dangers of Smoking Cigarettes Some of these issues develop due to tiny tissue damage that accumulates slowly. While anyone who smokes is susceptible to this kind of damage, there is some evidence that suggests that teens are at greater risk. This is especially true for the lungs. Damage that takes place during adolescence might have a greater impact than damage that takes place at any other time. During adolescence, when cells are growing, any changes in genetic codes due to smoking damage could become permanent.
Smoking and Youth
With our support, we can end this vicious cycle of addiction and premature death and give our children a better outlook on life. Teenagers and young adults have their whole lives to look forward to — YOU have your whole life to look forward to. There are the prospects of love, marriage, a career, buying your first home, starting a family, etc. Sure, there will be ups and downs, tragedies, and hardships, but there will also be joy and happiness. The issue, however, is that many individuals around this age end up starting a habit that should have never been started.
When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Researchers are still studying how long marijuana's effects last and whether some changes may be permanent. For example, a study from New Zealand conducted in part by researchers at Duke University showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of 8 IQ points between ages 13 and The lost mental abilities didn't fully return in those who quit marijuana as adults.