Abuse (Tobacco, page 2)
not only harms the people who use tobacco, but also causes the people
around them to be passive smokers. Passive smoking increases the
risk of succumbing to the same diseases as "active" smokers.
Children are more susceptible to ill effects from passive smoking.
Middle ear infections, coughing and wheezing are the more common effects
found in children exposed to cigarette smoke5.
cigarettes have been the substance most often abused by high school students
in the US.
While the incidence of smoking is higher among men than women in general,
rates of tobacco use among teenage girls is increasing. The
following table reveals the extent of tobacco use among teens in the US as of 2002:
Cigarette Use by Students, 2002
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|Smoked in Past Month
|1/2 Pack + per Day
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