Smoking affects the smell and look of these objectives. No one likes smoky breath and the “chimney” smell! Underage smoking is on the rise. “According to a recent study, nearly 25% of U.S. high school students are smokers… An estimated 30% of young smokers will eventually develop
"Hundreds of thousands of children from each graduating class are likely to suffer appalling diseases, and to die prematurely, as a result of the smoking habits they are developing in childhood and adolescence." Young people continue to report cigarettes as being easily available to them: 77 percent of the eighth-graders, who are 13 or 14 years old, report that cigarettes would be "very easy" or "fairly easy" for them to get, and 91 percent of th... ... middle of paper ... ...e you smoke. However, in some cases, the young kids are getting addicted after their first try. Finally, they want to be an adult. Adult aspiration is also one of the reasons that lead some teenagers to smoking.
Most adults started as teens. Most teenagers smoke to give them a sense of freedom and adulthood and most teenagers feel that smoking makes them look cool (O’Loughlin, “Peer…” 1 ). Many teens that smoke to feel cool and to have that freedom.Teens who start to smoke in their early years are more likely to get illnesses and lung problems as teens grow older (O’Loughlin, “Peer…” 1). Smoking is being experimented among teens. Starting smoking early can have lifelong effects, parents can have a major influence from teens and smoking habits.
This is a major problem because more teens are beginning to start smoking at a younger age. In the United States alone, an estimated three thousand kids under the age of eighteen will start smoking everyday (Start the Dialogue Early, and discuss it Often 1). Worldwide, around eighty thousand to one hundred thousand teens will start smoking not weekly or monthly but thi... ... middle of paper ... ...ct of the matter is, being as harmful as it is, smoking is very addictive. The nicotine found in cigarettes are highly addictive. Manufacturers do not help because they boost the nicotine consumption in cigarettes to help keep smokers addicted; this makes a smoker want to smoke due to habit (Bender 31-32).
The number of adult smokers that started smoking as a teen is as high as 80 percent (Alcid, Arthur, page 2). Twenty three percent of parents that smoke believe their child or children will smoke as an adult as well, many people believe that children learn by example. Smoking varies in the different ethnic groups. In 2003, Caucasian students were significantly more likely than black and Hispanic to report current smoking (Niles, Nancy, page 1). The prevalence of smoking was not different among white and Hispanic male students.
False advertising, youth geared advertising, and product placement are only a few of many strategies that tobacco companies use to attract the younger generation. They do this to keep constant inflow of new smokers and maintain profits. Temptation for teens and children are everywhere they look and listen; they need to hear and see the truth about the consequences of smoking.
If the pattern of tobacco consumption continues at the same pace as today, the morbidity and mortality rates will be doubled (10 million people per year) by the year 2020 and 7 million of which will occur in developing countries. Studies indicate that most smokers start smoking under the age of 18 and during their adolescence. Adolescents are easily affected by their peers, social normalcy and tobacco advertisements. The younger the age of starting smoking, the greater will be the odds of becoming a regular smoker later in life. Usually with a simple smoking experience (1 or 2 puffs), the adolescent will become a regular smoker.
Smoking kills more than drinking, drugs, auto accidents, AIDs, and suicide combined and ninety percent of smokers start by age eighteen (Schwartz). Although people who start smoking as teens are less likely to quit, it is possible to stop smoking with the proper resources. “According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an estimated 1.3 billion smokers worldwide. This number is expected to increase to 1.7 billion by 2020…According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking causes approximately 443,000 deaths each year in the United States” (“Smoking”). Tobacco has over 4,000 chemicals, including some that are poisonous and some that cause cancer (“Smoking”).Smokers tend to die 13 or 14 years earlier than those who don’t smoke (“11…”).
Because of this perception, the tobacco industry has studied the smoking habits of teenagers and developed advertising campaigns aimed at them. One solut... ... middle of paper ... ..., then the health problems associated with smoking will escalate, and there will be more than 400,000 tobacco-related deaths each year. If no one in the world smoked, there would be no tobacco-related illnesses, which include second-hand smoke. Additionally, if no one in the world smoked, there would be no pressure for teenagers to smoke. Works Cited - Cigarettes—What’s in them?
This is another reason why some people start to smoke, because smoking can help them reduce stress. Also, a part of people start smoking because they are curious. Later on, they are addicted and cannot live without a pack of cigarettes every week. People who do not want to die early should not smoke because there are three significant disadvantages, namely poor health, the adverse physical effects on other people, and high cost of their addiction. Each year in the United States more than 400,000 people die from smoking cigarettes.