Noncigarette Tobacco Advertising May Be Hazardous to a Teen's Health

Published in:Pediatrics, Volume 139, Issue 6 (June 2017), e20170887. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0887

Posted on RAND.org on June 14, 2017

by Rebecca L. Collins, Steven Martino

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Cigarette smoking contributes to nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the United States and myriad health problems. Among the 16.8% of US adults who currently smoke, nearly 90% began to do so before they were 18 years old. At this age, brain development is incomplete, and youth lack full ability to make sound decisions. Once they begin to smoke, it can be very difficult to stop. Thus, it is critical to minimize prosmoking influences in young lives.

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