Age of First Cigarette Alters Risk of Regular Smoking


Evidence from the U.S. Youth Behavior Risk Survey 2011 suggests strategies to delay the onset of cigarette smoking in teens is an important step in preventing progression from experimentation to regular use. The earlier a child initiates smoking, the higher risk of regular smoking (1.27 times increased risk for each earlier year) regardless of sex or ethnicity.

PositiveTip: Do all you can to discourage kids from trying even one cigarette!