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Posted on August 27, 2015 in Teens

You Caught Your Teen Smoking, Now What?

People still smoke, which is hard to believe given everything we know about the health hazards. Among American adults, 18 percent of the population, or 42 million people, still smoke. Still, the rate of smoking has declined greatly over the last several decades and continues to go down. You don’t smoke. Your partner doesn’t smoke. So it came as a big surprise when you caught your teenager smoking. How should you handle the situation so that he doesn’t continue with this deadly habit?

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Posted on March 7, 2014 in Mental Health

Can Smoking Lead to Psychological Distress?

Psychological distress is a term mental health professionals use to describe the negative mental/emotional effects of day-to-day encounters with stressful events or situations. People affected by serious forms of this distress have heightened risks for eventually developing some form of diagnosable mental illness. According to the results of a study published in late 2013 in the journal Tobacco Control, people who smoke cigarettes have an increased likelihood of experiencing psychological distress. Conversely, habitual smokers who break their reliance on nicotine decrease their chances of experiencing worsening forms of psychological distress.

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Posted on February 10, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Sweet-Flavored Little Cigar Sales Booming Among Youth

They taste like candy, the sweet and fruit-flavored little cigars, they look like cigarettes, and are as addicting as cigarettes – and young people are flocking to them in droves.

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in 20 middle and high school students said they smoke the sweet small cigars but rises to nearly one in 12 high school seniors who do.

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Posted on December 16, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction

Smoking in Movies May Encourage Teen Tobacco Use

Parents concerned about the movies their kids watch tend to watch for sexually explicit scenes or the use of profane language. Even the disrespectful tone of a young character may lead parents to limit their child’s exposure to a movie. However, there are other things you may need to watch for when deciding what’s appropriate to show your kids.

In the United States there are strict regulations about how much smoking imagery can be used in a film. However, in Europe there is more freedom to depict characters as smokers, and a study was designed to measure how this exposure impacted teen initiation of cigarette use.

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Posted on April 17, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction

Links Between Impulsivity and Smoking in Teens and Young Adults

Impulsivity is a term that psychologists and psychiatrists use to describe a tendency to act without thinking or regard for the consequences of one’s behavior. All humans naturally have impulses, but most children and teenagers gradually learn to consciously control those urges and comply in meaningful ways with the social norms of their culture.

Current evidence indicates that many teenagers who start smoking have higher levels of impulsivity than their non-smoking peers. According to the results of a study published in 2011 in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, teens and young adults who experience declines in impulsivity levels are able to quit smoking more often than their peers who don’t experience similar declines in impulsivity.

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