Smokin' and Chewin': Not Everyone's Doing It by a Long Shot
Donald D Schroeder
A look at what teens and scientists are saying about the tobacco habit. The good news is, you don't have to tell most young people about the awful consequences of the tobacco habit. Teens already know the terrible health risks of smoking cigarettes (see box, next page). In our age of mass communications it's hard not to have been exposed to at least one of the more than 20,000 scientific studies that have demonstrated the dangers. The good news is that, while a great many teenagers have sampled cigarettes at some time, most have had the open-mindedness and savvy to realize that smoking is one of the worst hijackers of health known to medical science. Lots of young people with an eye out for their future don't smoke because they don't want to get hooked by a nasty habit.
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