Smoking and Youth
Also called: Teen smoking
Nearly a quarter of high school students in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. Another 8% use smokeless tobacco . Smoking has many health risks for everyone. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. For example: People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. About 30% of youth smokers will continue smoking and die early from a smoking-related disease. Teen smokers are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs. They are more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety disorders and depression. Parents and other adults who work with children can help by warning them of the risks of smoking. They can also set a good example by not smoking themselves.