A high school student featured this morning on National Public Radio said she started smoking cigarettes at age 13 (and recently quit, after much difficulty). Interestingly enough, she compared the initial experience to the feeling of re-hydration.
“They make you feel better when you first start,” Kindra Tanner told the reporter. “You feel good — refreshed, like drinking water after running all day.”
Interesting. I thought it was mostly about imageor weight loss or nerves. Shows you how much I know.
The radio piece reported that teen smoking rates have leveled out at 20 percent, after a decade of decline. Jonathan Klein, a pediatrician at the University of Rochester, said shows like Sex and the City — where the main character lights up in stressful situations – are partly to blame.
Why do you think the decline in teen smoking has stalled? Will kids always smoke, even if they know the health risks?
image from waynewhuang’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons