Precocious puberty is an independent incentive for adolescent smoking
Everyone knows the dangers of smoking. Controlling smoking has become a chronic non-communicable disease that prevents bronchitis, emphysema, and pulmonary heart disease in countries and regions around the world, which has improved the vital public health measures of the population.
A statistical report from the World Health Organization shows that the number of adolescent smokers entering the world is gradually increasing, the age of starting smoking is increasing year by year, and about 50% of the deaths of long-term smokers can be attributed to tobacco.In adolescence, early attempted smoking in the younger age group is closely related to the development of smoking habits in adults. Therefore, controlling adolescent smoking is the key to reducing the smoking rate of the population.
The guideline group conducted a random survey of 1453 high school students. The survey included smoking behavior, adolescent development, and other social and psychological factors that may affect smoking, such as family economic status and academic performance.
The findings suggest that relatively early adolescent sexual development can allow young men and women to try smoking prematurely and become habitual smokers.
The reason for this phenomenon is that the sexual development hormones, especially androgens, rise earlier in the early sexual development, and the direct effects of androgens on adolescent behavior often appear to increase offensiveness and risk-taking, which leads to sexual development.Early adolescents have a physiological basis for trying to smoke.
The second is that with the increase of sex hormones, the second sexual characteristics of the human body appear one after another, the reproductive function is constantly improved, the body shape is gradually changed, and the self-consciousness and interpersonal relationships of adolescents have also undergone subtle changes.
For example, precocious boys are often eager to establish themselves and establish an adult image, while smoking is just regarded as a sign of independence and adulthood.
Researchers believe that adolescents are at the stage of adolescent development with rapid physical and psychological changes. At this stage, their cognition, emotions, behaviors and beliefs will change accordingly.
In recent decades, the improvement of living environment and conditions has led to an uncoordinated growth and development of children and adolescents, that is, height growth and sexual development are advanced, while psychosocial development is relatively lagging.
With such cognitive development lagging behind physical development, adolescents often lack the life skills to weigh the pros and cons of smoking, and lead to wrong choices or start trying to smoke under the influence of peers and the surrounding environment.
Relevant experts believe that there are various factors that affect adolescents’ smoking. The study provides a new idea for the gradual control of smoking in advance from one aspect.
When developing tobacco control health education or related risk factor intervention programs, sexual development or precocious puberty age should be used as an important reference basis, rather than the physiological age.
Schools, families, and society in particular should pay attention to and properly guide the sexual development of young people who are gradually normal in age, and strengthen health education on the dangers of smoking.