Smoking cigarettes has many health risks. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting. Teens who smoke are also more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.

The problem is not just cigarettes. Spit tobacco and cigars are not safe alternatives to cigarettes. Low-tar and additive-free tobacco products are not safe either.

Vaping means using an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device. According to the Massachusetts Department of Health, e-cigarettes recently surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. It is critical to understand the potential risks of using them. The amount of nicotine in the liquid can be the same or even more than the amount found in cigarettes.

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