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The Effects of Smoking on Teenagers and Young Adults 2018-10-11T08:43:45+00:00

The Effects of Smoking on Teenagers and Young Adults

Smoking causes over 1,200 deaths every day. With every death, approximately two healthy teens or young adults pick up smoking for the first time. With our support, we can end this vicious cycle of addiction and premature death and give our children a better outlook on life.

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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. Yes, everyone has a choice, but there is such a thing as making the wrong choice. Smoking is the wrong choice, and there are numerous reasons why.

Why do Young Adults Begin Smoking?

There are many reasons why young adults and teenagers begin smoking. Most notably may be the relationship between peers and the development of mutual habits. This is to say, many times an action or activity practiced by an individual’s friends or social group will then be assimilated and practiced by the individual. Basically, if the individual’s friends smoke, there is an increased risk that the individual will begin the habit of smoking as well.

Social factors also include marketing attraction by tobacco companies. This attraction entices teens and young adults. These marketing efforts are to ensure that for every smoker who dies, a new smoker is born. Most people who smoke do so around the age of 18. Social factors may also be subsets of peer pressure, such as the seemingly attractive nature of celebrities – musicians, actors, and professional athletes – who smoke.

There are also factors like general stress, stress related to school, stress related to relationships, family troubles, etc., that may lead to smoking. Many are under the mistaken impression that cigarettes eliminate stress. This is not true. The relief experienced is a momentary release of dopamine. This makes you feel less stress, however, according to the Cleveland Clinic, your body is really under increased stress. Your blood pressure and heart rate greatly increase, your muscles tense, your blood vessels begin to constrict, and oxygen becomes less available to your brain and to your body (cells, organs, skin, etc.) The dopamine merely provides a false feeling of stress relief, while the smoke creates more stress and a greater feeling of the continued need to smoke.

How Smoking Affects Young Adults and Teens

Smoking affects the health of everyone involved, even those standing close by. However, it affects young adults and teens more profoundly in many ways. In addition, according to the Surgeon General, for every one of the approximate 1,200 deaths from smoking which occur each day, they are replaced by approximately two young adults or teens.

  • Youth smoking leads to limited, subnormal, or stunted lung development. Youth smoking could even lead to becoming an adult with lungs which have not developed to full capacity.
  • Of all youth smokers, approximately 1/3rd will die prematurely. However, most, if not all, will succumb to one or multiple forms of health complications.
  • Early signs of heart disease and stroke are detected in young people who smoke.
  • On average, someone who smokes one pack of cigarettes per day lives seven years less than someone who has never smoked cigarettes.
  • Younger smokers are at greater risk for developing lung cancer.
  • Teenage smokers are more likely to suffer from emotional or psychological distress.
  • Young people who smoke suffer from shortness of breath three times more often than those who do not smoke.


If you, or someone you know smokes, help is available. What many do not understand is that cigarettes are more dangerous than drugs and alcohol combined. According to the American Lung Association, approximately 24,000 people die from alcohol abuse, and approximately 39,000 people die from drug abuse annually. However, according to the CDC, cigarettes cause well over 450,000 deaths annually. This includes second-hand smoke exposure. Drug and alcohol abuse combined leads to approximately 63,000 deaths. This is a difference of nearly 390,000 more deaths caused by smoking and second-hand smoke exposure. There are also approximately 8 million people suffering from diseases caused by direct smoking, as well as second and third-hand smoke exposure.

Quitting now greatly affects your chances of living out your future with health and confidence. There are numerous quit smoking aids available, and many are available without a prescription. Family and friends of smokers are urged to reach out and support their loved one in their efforts to quit smoking. Millions of people have quit successfully, and with effort and support, you can add to that number. 

For more motivation to quit smoking once and for all, visit The Real Cost of Smoking.

Read more about the effects cigarette smoke has on the human body at The Effects of Smoking.

Posted by
Jeffrey Buckley

I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.

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    February 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Who was the author of this article?

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      murron & Mya

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    February 27, 2018 at 11:10 am Reply

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    April 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm Reply

    good article

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    June 4, 2018 at 1:53 am Reply

    Im a kid my self but i dont smoke but my bestfriend whos 13 do how can i help her stop

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      Tenanoia Tenikom

      September 5, 2018 at 2:33 am Reply

      advice him not to and tell him that it is harmful and that it will affect his health in future.

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    June 16, 2018 at 3:28 am Reply

    maybe you inhaled exhaust of a car by mistake can that be called smoking too

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      June 22, 2018 at 7:24 am Reply

      No Because the fumes that comes from a car are emissions not smoke and even the cars that do smoke they are completely different chemicals than the chemicals in a cigarette

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    Hana gerges

    August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm Reply

    How can I help a stubborn teenager to quit smoking in a convincing way ?

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    Tenanoia Tenikom

    September 5, 2018 at 2:32 am Reply

    this article is so informative and i just love it!!.

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    You ain't knowing my name :(

    September 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Vape is not gooooood for you neither is smoking and for sake a 13 year old what he actual

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    November 8, 2018 at 11:24 am Reply

    if you vape nicotine then that the down side because it still can cause cancer symptoms but if you vape Cannabidiol or also known as cbd it can help with alot of things and it also is healthier for your lungs.

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