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Cigarettes Stunt Growth

Published: December 19, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Does smoking cigarettes in adolescence really stunt your growth? If so, how? And how many cigarettes per day are we talking?
Signed: Cigarettes Stunt Growth

Dear Cigarettes Stunt Growth,

 

It is not clear what you mean by "stunting of growth". Smoking definitely is associated with weight loss, poor weight gain and excessive tiredness apart. Smoking also causes increased respiratory infections, ear infections and chronic cough. Smoking is also known to significantly increase the risk for heart attacks, high blood pressure and cancer of lungs/stomach/intestines/ and mouth. In females, it is also associated with early menopause, facial wrinkles and cancer of uterine cervix. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to small/ premature babies.

 

Whew! There are a lot of negatives associated with smoking cigarettes and TeenHealthFX could not find any positive benefits to smoking.

 

The problem with discussing the number of cigarettes is that it does not take into account just how addictive cigarettes really are. No one starts off by smoking a pack a day - they start with one or two, usually with friends and quickly progress to a "habit" of a half-a-pack to pack per day. A habit that is really difficult to break.

 

For some terrific information on the effects of smoking you can go to KickButts.org.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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