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Not Blowing Smoke: 5 Real Side Effects from Teen Smoking

Smoking is dangerous for everyone, but it is more dangerous for teenagers because they are still in a developmental stage. When a young teenager begins smoking cigarettes, by the time that he is in his 30s, he may have an assortment of serious side effects. Here are five of the real side effects from teen smoking habits.

Aging Skin on the Face and Body

The chemicals in tobacco will decrease the flow of blood in your body, and this leads to having aging skin at a younger age. The hormone glands in your body are also affected by nicotine, reducing the amount of collagen that is created. With less collagen, your skin develops wrinkles sooner. You may have an aged appearance from fine lines and wrinkles at a young age.

Cardiovascular Disease

When you are a teenager, you may not have a concern about your heart, arteries or blood vessels, but as you age, you may notice that you have varicose veins in your legs, or you might have blockages in your arteries that require emergency surgery. The nicotine and other chemicals in tobacco harden your blood vessels and arteries. In addition, you can develop several types of heart disease that make your life more difficult.

The Growth of Your Lungs

Teenagers have lungs that are still developing, and if they are smoking, then it can change the growth and health of their lungs. As these teenagers become adults, they may have breathing disorders, and more young adults are also being diagnosed with lung cancer. Teenagers who smoke are more likely to have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Cognitive Decline

When you are young, you don’t think about developing dementia conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, but smoking can change your brain’s synapses. You may notice a decline in your cognitive abilities at a younger age while other individuals don’t have a sign of dementia until they are in their 80s.

Tooth Decay

Did you know that smoking can damage your mouth’s gum tissue and teeth, leading to inflammation and decay? If you begin smoking as a teenager, then you will likely need dental implants to replace your missing teeth.

Avoid Smoking

After learning about the bad things that can happen when you begin smoking as a teenager, you know that you should avoid this bad habit. If you are a teenager who is already smoking, then find ways to quit this habit before it damages your health.

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