LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The latest Surgeon General's report on teen smoking in nearly 20 years reveals an increase in the number of teens and young adults who smoke cigarettes.
The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin said 3,800 young people pick up the habit of smoking every day. A statistic she said is shocking.
"99-percent of smokers begin smoking before the age of 25," Benjamin said.
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said it's time to rid the communities of tobacco.
"We push wide ranging legislation," Sebelius said. "That among other things makes it harder for tobacco companies to market to our children."
Sebelius said the younger a child when they try cigarettes, the more likely they are to get and stay addicted to nicotine.
Watch the attached video to hear response from young adults who are dealing with daily pressures of smoking.