Reasons Why Children Smoke

by Jenny Novac on August 7, 2013

Everyone knows about health risks of tobacco use, but in spite of this modern children and teenagers continue to smoke cigarettes and use chewing tobacco.

It is very important to make sure that children understand the risks of tobacco use. In the United States smoking is a major cause of heart disease, cancer and lung disease. As to chewing tobacco, it can cause nicotine addiction, gum disease, oral cancer and such cardiovascular disease as heart attack.

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What may save children from development of these diseases? It is important to inderstand the key role of information here. Children and teenagers should be informed about health risks of smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Parents should clearly explain the effects of smoking and establish them clear rules. Thise are very important steps in protecting children from these unhealthy habits.

In their turn, parents should be informed about warning signs of tobacco use and ways of quitting the habit.

The main problem of smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco is that smokers deal with chemical nicotine, which may cause addiction from first days of using it. It is important to know that nicotine in tobacco can be as addictive as heroine and cocaine. Nicotine affects not only lungs but also  heart, stomach, and nervous system. Other health risks of smoking are coughing and throat irritation. With time, may appear more serious conditions such as increases in blood pressure and heart rate, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Unfortunately, many studies show that kids and teenagers are more likely to experiment with cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and other drugs.

Why children start smoking and using chewing tobacco? What is attracting them? There is a number of reasons for that:
– to act older
– to look cool
– to lose weight
– to feel independent
– to win some cool prizes
– to seem tough

Knowing these reasons, parents may keep their children from trying cigarettes and getting addicted to tobacco. Parents must establish good conditions for open communication with their kids early on in order to make it easier to work with such issues like tobacco use.

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