We'd like to believe that the younger generation will "grow out of it" when it comes to bad habits, but the truth is that some vices can have a major impact on their emotional, mental, and physical health—especially when they become routines at such a young age. But a handful of major cities (San Francisco, Boston, New York, to name a few) is taking steps to help manage nasty stuff like smoking cigarettes. Beginning on June 1, San Francisco will increase the age limit for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The teenage years aren't the easiest; you go through intense body changes, have to depend on yourself more, and you possibly even go through a some heart breaks. During those years—especially between the ages 15 and 17—people are also more vulnerable to addiction since their brains are still in the process of developing. While you don't have to be 21 to actually smoke, San Francisco is attempting to minimize the availability cigarettes by changing the minimum age of purchasing tobacco. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that this increase in age limit will decrease the chances of premature deaths by 250,000 and that there will be 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer among people born between 2000 and 2019.
It's not just smoking the tobacco that's getting these teens addicted, though; it's secondhand smoking as well, which makes teens more likely to be addicted to nicotine in the future. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nicotine in tobacco is just as addictive as heroine. And if you think that smoking is the answer to your weight loss problems, you're sadly mistaken. A recent study says smoking actually has the opposite effects and leads to weight gain. For more ways you're sabotaging your metabolism, check out 25 Things You Did Today That Ruined Metabolism.
The best thing to do for yourself is quit smoking ASAP—because what you put into your body (at any age!) is incredibly important for your overall health. Whether it's a can of soda, a plate of veggies, or a few hundred toxins, it will affect you. For other scary things we're putting into our bodies, avoid
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