More Teens Smoking to Lose Weight

A new study published in Health Economics reported that 46% of girls and 30% of boys aged 11-15 cited that they smoked in order to control or lose weight.  This was even more prevalent among teens who felt that they were overweight. In fact, girls who thought they were fat were 225% more likely to smoke while boys were 145% more likely. Smoking is a risky behavior and a health hazard, yet teens are still smoking and ignoring the health implications in order to improve appearance. More education on diet and exercise is needed, and teens should be informed that cigarette smoking is not an effective weight loss tool.

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