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Teenage Girls And Smoking


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 Teenage Girls And Smoking

It is neither a new concept or concern about weight and the drive to be thin increase the risk a girl will become a daily smoker by the time she’s 18 or 19 years old, according to a new study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Weight concerns increased the risk for both black and white girls, despite all the education and awareness targeted around the issues of smoking.

The study found that other factors early in life also increased the risk of later smoking, including stress, a parent with high school or less education, being from a one-parent household, drinking alcohol, poor academic performance, and poor conduct. Each factor affected the risk to differing degrees in black and white girls.

Getting youths not to start smoking has been very hard,” said NHLBI Director Dr. Claude Lenfant. “Many environmental, social, and psychological factors are involved in determining which youths are at most risk. By helping to identify key factors involved in girls’ decisions to smoke, the study may lead to the development of more effective smoking prevention programs.”

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