By Brittany Cordeiro
Each day in the United States, about 4,000 kids smoke their first cigarette. Many of them will become daily smokers.
"For teens, it may seem cool to smoke. But tobacco use at a young age can cause immediate and long-term health problems like cancer," says Alexander Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Tobacco Outreach Education Program at MD Anderson.
Recent data shows that the declining number of teen tobacco users has stalled. And, the tobacco industry may be to blame.
The industry advertises products, like e-cigarettes, flavored cigarillos and hookahs, as "safe" and is capturing the attention of kids.
"All tobacco products are dangerous," Prokhorov says. "We need to be proactive about educating our communities, schools and governments about the dangers of these products."
Use the facts below to educate kids about the health risks of trendy tobacco products.
Cigar use among high school students rose from 7% in 2009 to 12% in 2011. One main factor: flavored cigarillos.