If you were worried about your kid falling into the bad habit of smoking, you shouldn’t anymore. A new study from specialists shows that teenagers have been losing their interest in smoking tobacco. Surveys account for an increased rate of students who have never tried cigars and to whom the idea doesn’t seem appealing.
The new results come form the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which collaborated with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Researchers compared the data gathered in 2012 to those of 2014 and observed the difference. Statistics show an improvement of more than three percent from the last survey, which occurred in 2012. Back then 51.2 percent of the U.S. teenagers declared that were not curious about smoking tobacco, while two years later, the percentage changed to 54.3.
The team of researchers obtained these results thanks to surveys. Children aged twelve to eighteen provided them with information on their smoking habits. The use of both cigars and cigarettes has dropped within the two-years period that the study was concerned about.
According to information from the CDC, the use of tobacco hasn’t actually decreased. It is only the habit of smoking it the one that is not popular with kids anymore. However, the investigation shows that smokeless tobacco is still used by teenagers at the same rates.
Alexander Persoskie was one of the members of the research group. He declared on behalf of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products that he doesn’t understand why only smoking had lost its popularity with students. He, as well as other specialists, agree that tobacco products are unhealthy, regardless of the form under which they are consumed.
Some of the students who participated in the study declared that they were still interested in chewing tobacco or smoking electronic cigarettes. However, new regulations have recently been applied, and they are meant to prevent children under eighteen years of age from buying electronic cigarettes.
Another recent study shows that smoking tobacco modifies your DNA and leaves ‘footprints’ on it for as long as thirty years. These footprints are chemical substances, related to diseases triggered by the habit of smoking tobacco. Researchers discovered that even people who had quit smoking for decades had remains of the chemicals in their DNA samples.
However, researchers hope that a new survey will reveal even better results. Perhaps electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco will soon be uncool, and teenagers will decide to let go of the habit.
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