French teenage girls smoke more than boys
On average, about a third of all teenagers between 10 and 15 years smokes or has ever smoked before. This high figure is mainly due to the young girls. As many as 35 percent have already pulled a cigarette, compared with 31% of boys. But more important, the girls usually smoke more and get addicted to tobacco faster.
These numbers were announced by the French Federation of Cardiologists (FFC). Their intent was to get an insight of the smoking behavior of adolescents.
Professor Daniel Thomas points his finger to the adolescents. He says that heart diseases are the number one cause of death for women. According to the professor do parents play a crucial role.
A teenage boy has his first contact with a cigarette when he become 11 years and 6 months while the girls start a little later. They start at 12, but they seem to experiment more than the boys. They are definitely more curious.
Also notable was that only a half of the girls stopped experimenting after their first contact with tobacco. For boys this percentage is slightly higher (60%).
Stress and being slim
The FFC also tried to figure out why the girls grab the cigarette more often. A survey found that over 60% of young women cited stress as the main cause to smoke, while 20% said hope not to thicken due to the use of cigarettes.
The figures are clearly higher than those in the United Kingdom. In 2012, the number of young smokers dropped here by five percent. During the last five years, the number of smoking teenage girls has even fallen from 30 to 20 percent.
However, more frightening is the fact that more and more teenage mother continue to smoke during their pregnancy. The girls hope that their baby will be smaller and so childbirth will go easier. A trend that we absolutely reject.