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Teens and Tobacco

Tobacco use is a serious problem in today’s world. Smoking is illegal for teens younger than 18 years old, but with cigarettes readily available, it is not unusual for teens to smoke tobacco. Tobacco use is often seen as socially acceptable. You probably know someone close to you, whether it is a family member or a friend, who currently uses some form of tobacco. Even though tobacco use is common, it carries with it long-term health consequences, especially for those who smoke for long periods of time.

If you believe you or someone you love has a problem with nicotine addiction, contact a treatment advisor at 1-555-555-5555. We can answer your questions, confidentially, any time of the day or night with no obligation, or you can click the link to contact us by email.

Health Risks

According to the American Lung Association, individuals who begin smoking at an early age are more likely to develop an addiction to tobacco than those who begin when they are older. This is a staggering statistic considering that in 2007 at least 20 percent of all high school students reported tobacco use in the last 30 days.

Regular use of tobacco has a wide array of health risks that include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Emphysema
  • Reduced life expectancy
  • Blood clots
  • Kidney failure
  • Chronic cough
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches

These warnings against smoking should be a deterrent when it comes to teens and tobacco, as many of the ill health effects carry over into adulthood. According to the Net Doctor, 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer are due to smoking. Tobacco use can also cause other forms of cancer, such as cancer of the mouth and throat. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/), smoking accounts for one in five deaths in the United States each year.

Warning Signs of Addiction

Nicotine is extremely addictive. Not only is the substance itself addictive, but many teens become addicted to the behaviors and habits that arise from smoking, such as holding the cigarette a certain way or smoking after eating. Other addictions can also arise from teens and tobacco, and this may mean addictions to more harmful substances, such as prescription or illegal drugs. Marijuana addiction oftentimes follows an addiction to tobacco as both substances are inhaled in a similar fashion.

Warning signs of a tobacco addition include, but are not limited to:

  • Inability to stop smoking
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Ignoring health problems caused by smoking

Tobacco addition is very similar to any drug addiction. You may find yourself avoiding things that you once enjoyed in order to smoke. You may also find that you are smoking in secret and hiding your behavior from others.
If you suspect your teen has a problem with tobacco, you can call us at 1-555-555-5555 for a free consultation. It is best to seek help early to avoid serious health consequences in the future.

Addiction Treatment

There are a wide variety of treatments available when it comes to teens and tobacco addiction. Seek out the advice of a physician to find out which treatment method would work best for your teen. Medications are often used to control the withdrawal symptoms and the cravings for nicotine. They are commonly used in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy to stop the addiction in its tracks. Support groups can also help you associate with others who are trying to quit smoking so you can support each other in your journeys to sobriety.

If you believe that you or your teen needs help overcoming a tobacco addiction, call our free national referral hotline at 1-555-555-5555 to find help. It is always confidential, private and secure.

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