BC Advantage - 2012 Issue 4

What constitutes a smoker and why should we care?

According to the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), a current smoker is defined as any person(s) who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their life and who currently smokes every day or on some days.Consider this: Almost all smokers start while they're young. In most instances, the first use of tobacco takes place before high school graduation. A survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) performed in 2009, found that nearly half of high school students had tried cigarette smoking at some point and more than 1 out of 4...

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