How do you keep a teen from lighting up?

December 17, 2008 2:53:18 PM PST
One way to keep teens from lighting up might be to let them know smoking could make them overweight. According to the American Journal of Public Health, girls who smoked at least 10 cigarettes daily during adolescence eventually developed a much thicker waist.

Smoking during the teen years also increased a woman's odds of being heavy in general ..later in life.

Researchers say all of this was independent of the smokers' other health habits or their genetic risk for body weight.

When it comes to teens some doctors think the weight issue may be a more effective deterrent than harping on the risk of heart disease and cancer.