Smoking cessation support for teens – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Teen smoking is a serious problem.
Hunt: We do have alarmingly high teen smoking rates and there is an opportunity there to intervene.
Narrator: Dr. Yvonne Hunt is a program director in tobacco control research at the NIH.
Hunt: Nearly 20% of teens are current smokers, and unless we make efforts to intervene today, they will most likely continue smoking into adulthood.
Narrator: Early intervention is important because research shows that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and many of its health consequences accumulate over time. To learn more about the dangers of smoking and the latest research on smoking cessation and cancer prevention, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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