While many smokers believe that smoking relieves stress, it is actually a major cause. Smoking only appears to reduce stress because it lessens the irritability and tension caused by the underlying nicotine addiction.
Each day, 1,200 kids younger than 18 years of age become new, daily smokers.
More than a third of all kids who ever try smoking a cigarette become daily smokers before leaving high school.
The addiction rate for smoking is higher than the addiction rates for marijuana, alcohol or cocaine.
Young people who try to quit suffer the same nicotine withdrawal symptoms as adults.
Teens and Quitting
Counseling interventions greatly improve quit rates among teens.
Young people who enroll in a tobacco cessation program are twice as likely to succeed in their quit attempt.
Adolescents are very interested in quitting; 82 percent of 11- to 19-year-olds who smoke are thinking about quitting; 77 percent have made a serious quit attempt in the past year.
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This information has been approved by Amy Lukowski, PsyD (August 2015).