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Teenage Girls Smoke to Lose Weight

Every time I see a teen smoking, it alarms me. I always wonder if they have heard the news that smoking is not cool, is bad for your health, and can in fact kill you.

I was even more alarmed to read that new research has found that girls are starting to smoke in the hope of losing weight. The theory is that smoking distracts people from eating and helps curb appetites, and it's possible that the increase in teenage girls smoking is linked to high obesity rates so girls are turning to tobacco to lose weight.

Yet, another reason I despise those Camel No. 9 cigarettes, since they are marketed towards exactly those young girls and being advertised in magazines they read. It's sad that big tobacco still preys on the young ladies they already have a lot to deal with growing up as it is.

Since the media is clearly not going to help, we need to teach them ourselves. So if you have a teenage daughter yourself, talk to her about her weight issues. Let her know that smoking is not the way to lose a few extra pounds, and explain to her the importance of eating healthy and exercising.


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herfallingstar herfallingstar 8 years
One of the reasons that I've always found it hard to quit smoking is because of the whole weight issue. Once you've had the idea put into your head, it can be quite difficult to ignore. But I've managed to quit and have taken up running instead. Far more healthy!
cutie_katie_1993 cutie_katie_1993 9 years
smoking can kill yuu but mii aubty stopped smoking 20 yearz ago n she nw has ovarian n lung cancer soo iit ent juz smoking dat killz yuu or givez yuu cancer cuz ne1 cld get it at netym!!
BrokeandFabulous BrokeandFabulous 9 years
There are soooo many other ways of losing weight. Why resort to something even more harmful in the long wrong. After a person quits, your body gains weight. So what happens after that? Not a smart choice. Poor choices may not be clear in the present but will present themselves in the future.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
def. true!
emalove emalove 9 years
I believe this, especially considering how much being thin and attractive is emphasized in our culture. It's very sad. I started smoking as a teenager out of boredom, not to lose weight. I just wanted to try it. Everyone I knew did it and it seemed fun. But I think things were a little different then, weight wasn't as huge an issue as it is nowadays. None of my female friends smoked for that reason.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Smoking may lead to weight loss, but according to a new study, people who smoke actually don't lose fat, but muscle. I knew a lot of girls in college that smoked to lose weight and beat stress, but then when they tried to quit, they gained some weight back. My mom used to smoke to control her weight but quit when she met my dad and said it was the best decision she ever made.
dangergirlnga dangergirlnga 9 years
First, the phrase "teen women" is an oxymoron. Second, girls start smoking because they're unhappy with who they are -- they want to rebel, lose weight or fit in. I smoked for 17 years before I realized that I was no longer that 14-year-old girl who wanted to seem like a tough girl. Now I'm 33 & very tough -- but without the black lungs. Advertising isn't responsible for smoking girls, parents who don't talk to their children & foster a trusting environment are responsible for smoking girls.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
Losing weight and staying fit are two different things and I'd rather be fit and healthy than risk cancer. Being a young women leaves many of us susceptible to so much already without adding more factors to our health.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
It's sad that girls thik smoking is the way to lose weight, it just shows how little America's youht are educated in the topic.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I hate to admit it but I do think smoking does help you lose weight based on what I have seen with smokers that I know. Maybe these young ladies who are so vain should be reminded how disgusting they smell, and how horrible and rotten their teeth are becoming. I don't smoke, but if I did I think that might make me want to quit.
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
This is so horrible. Isn't 'pink' the official Breast Cancer color! OMG.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
i am totally against smoking. (since my gramps got lung cancer and seeing how he is now)
Kate14909563 Kate14909563 9 years
My friend smokes these, all because the package is pink. She also sadly has low self-esteem at age 24 and does/doesn't do a lot of things based on how cool she thinks it is. Like wear a heavy coat when it's winter.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
well you just replace eating with smoking... sounds good .. haha no thank you!.. im very happy that i was able to kick this habit quite some time ago! i feel so much better about myself now that i have! :)
marygrace marygrace 9 years
its so crazy that girls would do that. i am actually pretty surprised though, because at my college, i hardly see anyone ever smoking, and if anyone ever does see a smoker, everyone sort of whispers "eww" or "what are they thinking?!" but maybe this is more of a high school thing? then again i didnt see a lot of smokers in my high school either.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That's why I started! I heard...who was was some model saying she lost all this weight through smoking.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Millions of people are want to lose weight but they dont want to do the hard work that comes with it. They rather submit to a eating disorder, diet pills, surgery, and in this case get lung cancer. We take our lives for granted here in America all the time and it is really sad. Smoking is deadly, its a proven fact, and for people to still smoking its really foolish and I think a form of suicide almost.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i knew some girls that smoked to lose weight, and actually it worked. after they stopped they gained weight. the same with my 70year old grandpa, who's been smoking since he was like 8 or 9 (an after WWII thing) - he quit smoking 5 years a go and gained 60lbs. grandma made him smoke again to lose the weight :) btw his lungs are perfectly healthy and scans didn't show any abnormalities due to life-long smoking.
Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
this is all just so sad...
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