It is estimated that 71% of all smokers started when they were adolescents.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports a study of 10,000 young people which was done to determine the effect of smoking on their lungs.
These people were between the ages of 10 & 18.
The authors found that smoking slowed the growth of lung function in these growing people.
Furthermore, the study found that the more they smoked, the greater their lung function was reduced.
The best way to prevent damage? Just don't start!
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