From “Fixes” at the New York Times:
Remember teenage smoking? It’s been edged out by teenage obesity as the health concern of the moment. States are cutting programsto prevent the former while establishing programs to combat the latter.
We shouldn’t forget about it. Last year, 18.7 percent of high school seniors were smokers — just about the same as the percentage of teenagers who are obese. But it may be even more important to attack teenage smoking than obesity. Fighting obesity is a lifelong battle. But for smoking, adolescence is Armageddon. Only 1 in 10 smokers starts after the age of 18. After the teenage years, the battle is lost.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that unlike with obesity, we know what to do.
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