Young Smokers Are Putting Millions at Risk of Early Death

November 13, 2014 8:45 PM

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Young Smokers Are Putting Millions at Risk of Early Death

Over one in five high school students use tobacco products, and unless rates drop significantly, 5.6 million young people under age 17 will die early from a smoking-related illness, according to a recent report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among young people who use tobacco products, over 90% are using nicotine vectors like cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes. The vast majority of smokers try their first cigarette by the time they turn 18. The findings were published Thursday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR...

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