Smoking What Teens Should KnowFriday, November 19, 2010
Teen smoking might begin innocently enough, but it can become a lifelong habit. In fact, most adult smokers began smoking as teenagers. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some of the things teens should know about smoking in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Smoking can cause many diseases, including lung cancer, mouth cancers and heart disease. It can also cause cough that wont go away, and it may make it hard for you to breathe. Smoking can shorten your life by as much as 14 years.
Here are some other effects of smoking:
Smoking gives you bad breath.
Smoking makes your clothes and hair smell bad.
Smoking makes it hard to run fast and makes you get tired more quickly when you exercise.
Smoking makes you get sick more often. You may get colds, the flu or even pneumonia more often if you smoke.
Even a few cigarettes a day are bad for your health. Once you start smoking, it can be very hard to stop. The nicotine in cigarettes is poisonous and very addictive. Once you start using it, your body will feel like it cannot function without it. Most adult smokers started when they were teenagers, and later found that they couldnt stop smoking.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.