Are you a teenage girl thinking of taking up smoking so you can lose weight? Stop!

Or you’ll dearly regret it later on, not to mention be out of a lot of money.

If you’re a teen girl who desperately wants to lose weight, whether it’s five pounds or 100, there’s one thing you should NEVER do: take up smoking!

If you’re convinced that smoking is the best way to lose weight, then take a look at older women (whatever seems “old” to a teenage girl) who’ve been smoking for years:

• Crinkly skin, look many years older than their actual age
• Brownish-yellow teeth
• Froggy or masculine voice
• Unhealthy looking skin

Though peer pressure is often believed to be the No. 1 reason teen girls take up this disgusting, expensive habit, a Cornell University study says that another reason is to shed pounds.

Do you realize how EXPENSIVE cigarettes are?

  • About $6 a pack including taxes (as of 2017).
  • That’s $180 a month for a pack-a-day habit.
  • That’s $2,160 per year, or $4,320/year for two packs/day.

Best Way for Teen Girls to Lose Weight

“While smoking actually does increase one’s metabolism which can help with weight loss, you are trading one bad habit for a worse one,” says Susan L. Besser, MD, with Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore; Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

“Tobacco is extremely addictive, and of course, the health risks associated with smoking are well-known.

“I suggest stop smoking or don’t start, and try other methods to increase your metabolism — like regular moderate activity.”

• Avoid gimmicks. Do not cut out food groups. Do not give up your favorite treats.

• Practice portion control: one scoop of ice cream, not a whole bowl.

• Take up strength training. Girls, you will NOT bulk up. A pair of 15 pound dumbbells is a good start.

• Take up cardio exercise. Jog, inline skate, hike, take aerobics classes.

Your school probably has a good weight workout facility, and you may even be able to gain access to it during summer break.

Take up other physical activities: martial arts, dancing, even workouts at a nearby boxing gym. Take up a sport! Try a basketball, volleyball or soccer club.


Chemotherapy and radiation “treatments” suck the life out of a body. Smoking causes or is linked to a variety of cancers. Smoking is also a strong risk factor for heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.

Feeling too Fat?

Smoking is NOT the answer. Plenty of overweight people smoke.

The answer is to cut back on fast-food and other junk forms of food, and even though your a teenager, it’s time to hit the gym.

If you can’t gain access to one, then ask your parents to buy you those dumbbells and sign you up for yoga or karate classes.

Even if you get ridiculed for being heavy — DO NOT SMOKE. 

Not one woman on this planet, who has never lit up a cigarette, regrets never taking up smoking as a teenager! No matter how overweight she is. NOT ONE.

Dr. Besser provides comprehensive family care, treating common and acute primary conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Her ongoing approach allows her the opportunity to provide accurate and critical diagnoses of more complex conditions and disorders.
Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building, fitness and improved health. 
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