Cigarette Smoking Health Risks Increase - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Cigarette Smoking Health Risks Increase

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

Experts predict one out of 13 children under the age of 18 in the United States will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases if current smoking rates do not drop.

That's according to the Surgeon General report released on Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mike Henson began smoking cigarettes when he was 12 years old. He used to smoke over a pack a day.

"Now, I've cut down to one to two a day," said Henson. "When I was growing up,  I would watch my grandma smoke. I knew it was bad, but I never thought it would affect me."

He said now, 18 years later smoking has affected his health and has become a financial burden.

"I've definitely noticed a difference when I ride a bike, run or hike. I'm out of breathe a lot quicker than other people," said Henson. "You will save so much money not smoking cigarettes. I was spending $7 a day on a pack of cigarettes and that adds up real quick."

The report also says that youth smoking rates have declined by half between 1997 and 2011.

But, still each day another 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette and another 2,100 become daily smokers.

Ita Killeen is the Chief Medical Officer for the Montana State University Student Health Service.

She said lung cancer is still one of the biggest health conditions caused by smoking.
But, other health effects can start to show right away.

"A young person immediately may notice that they get more sinus and respiratory issues," said Kileen, "They may also realize that their exercise tolerance goes down."

The report also now links smoking to liver cancer and colorectal cancer, the fourth most diagnosed form of disease in the U.S.

Killeen said when a young person smokes, they are also affecting their brain development.

"Brains are still forming up until the mid-twenties, so exposing the bran to foreign substances such as tobacco and nicotine while the brain is still developing can be very harmful," said Killeen.

The report also reveals that smoking in the U.S. has put more than $289 billion a year in direct medical care and other economic costs.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:59:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
  • UPDATE: Deadly Shooting In Spokane Valley; Authorities Looking For Witnesses

    UPDATE: Deadly Shooting In Spokane Valley; Authorities Looking For Witnesses

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 11:40 PM EST2014-02-13 04:40:22 GMT
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - One man was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit that ended near the Spokane Valley Mall on Tuesday night. It started around 7:00 PM when Spokane Police received a call from a man who was in a car claiming to be unstable and threatening suicide by forcing police to shoot him. 
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - One man was shot and killed following a high speed pursuit that ended near the Spokane Valley Mall on Tuesday night. It started around 7:00 PM when Spokane Police received a call from a man who was in a car claiming to be unstable and threatening suicide by forcing police to shoot him. 
  • Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:00:04 GMT
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer. Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
  • Butte's Jewish Community Celebrates Passover

    Butte's Jewish Community Celebrates Passover

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:23:28 GMT
    For the second straight night, Jews across the world will sit down for a second Seder to continue the celebration of Passover. Passover is the celebration of the Jew's exodus from Egypt where they served
    For the second straight night, Jews across the world will sit down for a second Seder to continue the celebration of Passover.
  • Auctioned Bull Raises Money for Fellow Breeder

    Auctioned Bull Raises Money for Fellow Breeder

    Friday, April 11 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-04-12 00:11:47 GMT
    Thousands of dollars were raised in a matter of seconds for a wounded rancher at the 5-L Red Angus Bull Auction in Sheridan Friday. A total of 300 bulls were sold in a matter of four hours, but one bull
    Thousands of dollars were raised in a matter of seconds for a wounded rancher at the 5-L Red Angus Bull Auction in Sheridan Friday.
  • The Beast on the MSU Defensive Line: Taylor Sheridan

    The Beast on the MSU Defensive Line: Taylor Sheridan

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:14:50 GMT
    Media and coaches have described defensive tackle Taylor Sheridan as physically imposing. The junior only knows how to play one way. "Aggressive. The past few years have been trying to get used to the
    Media and coaches have described defensive tackle Taylor Sheridan as physically imposing. The junior only knows how to play one way.
  • Bridger Bowl Closes For The Season

    Bridger Bowl Closes For The Season

    Monday, April 14 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:08:27 GMT
    Ski season officially comes to an end for skiers at Bridger Bowl on Monday. Russel Ashby moved to Bozeman last year form Australia. This year was his first full season, skiing at Bridger Bowl."I really
    Ski season officially comes to an end for skiers at Bridger Bowl on Monday.
  • Local Food System Gets Dating Service

    Local Food System Gets Dating Service

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:26:50 GMT
    A non-profit plays match maker between local growers and chefs. The farmer and chef speed dating was put on by the Western Sustainability Exchange, a non-profit that works to conserve land in the west.
    A non-profit plays match maker between local growers and chefs.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.