Latest Teen Fad…..Cigars!!

April 3, 2006

Personally, I think any form of smoking is disgusting. The smell, the taste, the breath. Not to mention all the health hazards associated with smoking.

But, the latest teen craze is cigar smoking. I mean, you can find cigarettes that are grape, cinnamon and apple flavored.

Here are some shocking statistics:

Overall, cigar consumption in the United States increased by more than 28 percent between 2000 and 2004.

Cigarette use among teens has declined by almost 30 percent between 2001 and 2004.

High school boys are more likely to smoke cigars than cigarettes, according to the 2004 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey.

In New Jersey, about 17 percent of the boys surveyed said they smoke cigars, compared to 16 percent who smoke cigarettes. Fully 10 percent of high school girls admitted to smoking cigars.

A 2004 survey of teenagers in Cleveland, Ohio found that 23 percent of teens smoked cigars, compared with 16 percent who smoked cigarettes.

The American Red Cross offers the following statistics:

Did you know:

Each year, 390,000 American die from the effects of smoking.
Cigarette smokers have more than twice the risk of heart attack.
Cigarette smokers have two to four times the chance of cardiac arrest.
Giving up smoking rapidly reduces the risk of heart disease. After a number of years, the risk of heart disease diminishes to the same level as a person who has never smoked.
A pregnant woman who smokes increases her baby’s chances of infant crib death.

So, if you smoke, quit. And if you don’t smoke, don’t start. And remember, avoid long-term exposure to smoke and protect children from it. Because cancer is so unsexy.