January 1, 2009

Teens Who Brush Off Risks More Likely To Smoke

Teens who misjudge the dangers of smoking are considerably more likely to start, a new study announces.

Researchers determined that in the 395 high school students they pursued for two years, those who laughed off the risks of smoking were three times more susceptible than others to pick up the habit.

"This is the first paper that really shows that perceptions truly predict behavior," senior researcher Dr. Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher said.

The study also indicates that their concepts about the long and brief results of smoking are just as significant, stated Halpern-Felsher, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory issues are in the middle of the serious future risks of smoking, where troubles like a chronic cough, colds and reeking of smoke occur once you start the habit.

In this investigation, teens that brushed off these harms were three to four times more apt to begin smoking.

The study notes that anti-smoking propaganda targeted at teens ought to tackle the immediate risks, Halpern-Felsher noted in the report published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The data also shows the magnitude about the social aspects of smoking, like smoking will "look cool," Halpern-Felsher said, or aid in relaxing.


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