Recreational drinking, smoking, and drug use are linked to premature heart disease in young people. The use of cocaine and methamphetamine are associated with faster cell aging and neurocognitive decline, with a higher than average loss of grey matter Those who smoked tobacco are nearly twice as likely to have premature heart disease Cannabis users are more than 2.5 times as likely to have premature heart disease
The study was led by researchers at the University of California San Francisco and was published in the journal Paediatrics. It tracked more than 23,000 participants aged 12 to 17 years old and found that parents or guardians were substantially less likely to report knowing or suspecting that their child had used tobacco if the child used only e-cigarettes, non-cigarette combustible products or smokeless tobacco, compared to smoking cigarettes or using multiple tobacco products. The researchers also found that when parents set strong household rules about not using tobacco - applying to all residents - their children were less likely to start tobacco use. Just talking to kids about not smoking was far less effective.
Tobacco users who have increased their tobacco use in response to COVID-19 may need additional help with higher dependency, as well as with coping strategies targeting stress and anxiety Those who have decreased their tobacco use have an even greater chance of successfully quitting with clinician support A growing body of research suggests that tobacco users, compared to non-users, may be at greater risk for experiencing COVID-19 complications