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You Name It: Study Finds Young Smokers Prone To Other Bad-Health Behavior
Updated 6:24 p.m. EDT July 11, 2000 -- Teens who smoke are more likely
than nonsmokers to engage in other unhealthful behaviors as well, according to
a survey of more than 15,000 adolescent orthodontic patients in Southern
A research team surveyed the teenagers for alcohol and
drug use, generally risky health behavior such as
infrequent aerobic activity and lack of sleep, and risky
academic behavior such as getting poor grades or being
The researchers also surveyed risky dental health behavior such as brushing
teeth less than twice a day and flossing less than once a day (the minimums
recommended by the American Dental Association).
The findings: Study participants who smoked were more likely to engage
other risky behaviors.
Most smokers reported having used marijuana and alcohol.
Nearly half of the oldest male smokers and 70 percent of the oldest
female smokers reported exercising less than three times weekly.
A majority of the smokers had received poor grades, and more than
percent of the male smokers had been suspended from or had dropped
out of school.
In general, male survey participants reported higher levels of most risk
behaviors, although girls were more likely to report insufficient exercise and
sleep, according to the study. The study results appear in the current issue of
the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
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