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HHS HealthBeat (May 26, 2014)

Tweens, sports and smoking

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Ten- to-14-year-olds seem to be less likely to start to smoke if they are in a coached extracurricular sport. Dartmouth researchers saw this in a nationally representative survey of over 6,500 tweens.

Researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia:

“Children in our study who participated in team sports with a coach a few times per week or more were less likely to try smoking.”

Adachi-Mejia says coached team sports was the only extracurricular activity with this benefit.

She also says this shows value for coached team sports at a time in life when young people start to get hooked on smoking.

The study in the journal Academic Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.  

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 26, 2014