In the article “E-cigarette: Teens who vape are more likely to smoke later, study says” by Amina Khan published in Los Angeles Times talks about teenagers who start vaping on e-cigarette is expected to transfer to regular cigarette “These result raise concern that many adolescent and young adults who initiate nicotine use through e-cigarette are at substantially increased risk for later use of cigarettes, even if they do not intend to smoke cigarettes in the future,” the study authors wrote. “Thus, while e-cigarettes may potentially represent a product that can reduce harm for established cigarette smokers, they may simultaneously contribute to the development of a new population of cigarette smokers” (Khan). This quote provides support because teenagers who start using e-cigarettes are putting in risk their future because they are expected to smoke regular cigarettes in the future. Teenagers should not start using e-cigarettes because it leaves them to nicotine addiction if they do not use other flavors in their cartridge. This show that e-cigarettes are dangerous to teenagers because once e-cigarette is in their hand they become addicted to it and change from e-cigarettes to tobacco cigarettes.
Many people start smoking in their teenage years and this is due to negative influences they encounter. According to Help with Smoking, they mention how smoking begins at a young age and how those people “do not reali[z]e how addictive smoking can be. As a teenager[,] you probably think that you can try smoking a few times and then take it or leave it” (“Help with Smoking”). In other words, teenagers will be able to experience smoking and decide whether they will continue based off of their experience. That is what Help with Smoking is trying to convey to its audience.
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.
Teenage smoking can be a result of the influence of other teens, or maybe the amount of peer pressure. This can cause a teen to want to smoke or even think about smoking (Alcid, Arthur, page 1). Statistics show that 794 student and 22.4 percent of teens claimed to be tobacco users. (Alcid, Arthur, page 1). Teens tend to be more abrasive when smoking, and seem to act different while smoking and once they have gotten into the habit of smoking make it a constant thing.
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Teens like to act as if they are someone special or that they are dangerous (Home Intervention System 1). When teens smoke they feel that they are being noticed by others as if they are someone cool. These types of behaviors get attention because the initiation of smoking is influenced by having a close friend who smokes or parent (Home Intervention System 2). When teens smoke they think others are looking at them thinking that they want to be like them so they do not think that even the smell of cigarette smoke is not appeal to most people. Teens feel that if they do what their friends do that they will fit in, so if their friends smoke they will most likely try it.The problem is that when they take that first puff, they can become addicted (Home Intervention System 1).
Nowadays, smoking has become a trend, especially among young people. When you’re a teenager, the temptation is huge. You want to impress your friends, do like them, in countenance, going against the recommendations of your parents, the need to feel independent, old ... In short, the ones who have never tried are very rare. However, not all of them become regular smokers.
Nowadays, adolescents aged 10-15 years of age are being influenced to initiate smoking (Mitchell, 2009). According to STS (2009) extrinsic factors such as the family, media, second hand smoking and/or peer pressure can be the main influences for adolescent’s to begin tobacco use. In other instances, intrinsic factors such as curiosity can lead adolescents to ‘try’ tobacco smoke (STS, 2009). However, both of these categories can have 10-15 years old adolescents addicted to cigarettes until their fated death. The impact of smoking in this young population tends to have a greater impact on the future of these individuals (AIWH, 2009, pp.).
In a recent survey among high school students, studies shows that most are aware that heavy smoking is bad, but fail to realize that light smoking is just as dangerous. Which is very concerning, since e-cigarettes are being advertised as less dangerous; even with the little research and its lack of regulations on social media. The article seems to be leaning more towards the supportive side of e-cigarette being safer by referencing statements made by others such as “ ...The American Health Association stated that e-cigarettes may provide a low-risk nicotine replacement therapy for smokers trying to kick the habit. If that’s the case, e-cigarettes would fall into the same category as the nicotine patch or gum”, (Carstensen, 2) in just about every paragraph. An opposing opinion to this was that the use of e-cigarettes might be a “gateway drug” that leads teens to experiment with other drugs because they are still developing and still very vulnerable.
"Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising" also gives a statistic on what children suffer from when they start this detrimental habit. According to the author, "The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids estimates that 6,281 kids became