Teenage Smoking Linked

Teenage Smoking
The time that teenagers spend in social networks increases the risk of smoking among them, a study of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University says.

On average, 70% teens spend a few minutes to several hours a day in social networks. At the same time, they are 5 times more likely to smoke cigarettes, three times more likely to use alcohol and 2 times more likely to smoke marijuana than the teens who do not use social networks.

The study involved 1037 adolescents aged 12-17, 528 parents, and telephone interviews with 1006 adolescents of the same age.

It was discovered that 9 out of 10 parents do not associate the time spent in social networks with the emergence of bad habits. In their turn, Facebook representatives emphasize that the resource prohibits drug promotion.

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