Although most teens don't smoke, only 20% of high school students reported current cigarette use according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national statistics indicate that every day approximately 4,000 U.S. adolescents try their first cigarette. The health consequences can be devastating. Cigarette smoking by young people leads to immediate and serious health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular effects, changes in brain chemistry, and risks for nicotine addiction. This work offers updated information about the health consequences associated with smoking and other forms of tobacco use. It explains some of the cultural influences that can make tobacco use seem attractive, and it discusses various methods by which nicotine is consumed. A section on cancers describes the organs most commonly affected, and a section on other health concerns discusses tobacco related diseases that impact the heart, lungs, circulatory system, eyes, and sex organs. For teens who want to stop smoking, or help someone else quit, facts about smoking cessation are presented. The book concludes with directories of resources.
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