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Tobacco use causes health problems in adolescents as well as adults.

Tobacco use does not cause health problems only for adults. In adolescence, smoking is associated with increased susceptibility to, and severity of, respiratory infections; reduced lung function and rate of lung growth; increased likelihood of coughing spells and coughing up phlegm or blood; increased likelihood of wheezing and gasping; increased likelihood of shortness of breath when not exercising; decreased physical activity; and decreased endurance.

Arday DR, Giovino GA, Schulman J, et al. Cigarette smoking and self-reported health problems among U.S. high school seniors, 1982–1989. Am J Health Promot. 1995; 10: 111–116.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People: A Report of the Surgeon General.  Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 1994. logo
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