At the adolescent stage the brain has not completed its maturation. The prefrontal cortex PFC , the brain area responsible for executive functions and attention performance, is one of the last brain areas to mature and is still developing during adolescence. Smoking during adolescence increases the risk of developing psychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment in later life. In addition, adolescent smokers suffer from attention deficits, which aggravate with the years of smoking. Recent studies in rodents reveal the molecular changes induced by adolescent nicotine exposure that alter the functioning of synapses in the PFC and that underlie the lasting effects on cognitive function.
Know the Risks
Smoking (for Teens) - KidsHealth
Smoking at any age has negative effects, including for teenagers and young adults. Teens are often exposed to images of celebrities smoking, which can make it seem cool, even though there are many serious downsides to smoking. In some instances, the media tries to make smoking look acceptable, which helps tobacco companies make sales. Teens may start smoking for a number of reasons, including peer pressure. Friends may smoke at parties or events and offer a cigarette to a friend or a circle of friends. When everyone is participating, your teen may feel obligated to join in.
The Effects of Smoking on Teenagers and Young Adults
Many teenagers try marijuana and some use it regularly. Teenage marijuana use is at its highest level in 30 years, and today's teens are more likely to use marijuana than tobacco. Many states allow recreational use of marijuana in adults ages 21 and over. Recreational marijuana use by children and teenagers is not legal in anywhere in the United States. Today's marijuana plants are grown differently than in the past and can contain two to three times more tetrahydrocannabinol THC , the ingredient that makes people high.
In , 3. These statistics reveal how big a problem teen smoking is and continues to be in the United States. Our goal is to reveal the reasons why young people start to smoke, and then find ways to stop it before it starts. Teens can have a hard time during their adolescence, which can sometimes lead to bad decision-making. One of the most common bad habits that young adults develop is smoking.