Nowadays, the rate of tobacco use among children and teens has skyrocketed. In the year 2015 9.3% of high school students rumored to be smoking in the last 30 days. In the same year, 2.3% of middle school students smoked in the last 30 days. Overall, 25.3% of high school students and 7.4% of middle school students have engaged in the use of tobacco Product. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, reproductive effects such as ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and many others are some of the effects of tobacco use. There is a campaign called tobacco-free kids conducted by an organization called tobacco-free kids are leading advocacy helping to cut down the use of tobacco to save the lives of children and teens in the United States and around the world. This organization help prevent smoking and helps smokers quit. Moreover, the American Lung Association has a program called Not On Program designed to help 14 to 19 years old who want to quit smoking. However, the media is responsible for promoting the use of tobacco product. Which leads to unsuccessful reduction or prevention of tobacco use among children and teens. In addition, children, and teens believe that tobacco products like e-cigarettes do not cause any harm and also children and teens are attracted to the flavors of e-cigarette like peach pit, bubble gum, milk chocolate ice cream making it difficult to put an end to the tobacco products. Not forgetting how addictive these products are.
There are, many solutions to smoking among children and teens, and here are some of the solutions to smoking among children and teens. First, increasing the price of tobacco product will make it difficult for children and teens to have assessed to them since they won’t be able to afford it. Second, anti-smoking commercial on tobacco product since commercial is what promoted or attracted the attention of children and teens to use tobacco Product. Study shows that media campaign against tobacco use has reduced smoking and saved lives. Lastly, children and teens must be educated on the dangers or consequences of tobacco use. When children are educated on the negative effects of tobacco use especially on their health, it will reduce the use of tobacco products among children and teens.
Moreover, children look up to their parent as role models it will be a very good idea if parents can educate their children about the risk of tobacco product. The school base prevention programs such as media literacy training and peer education programs will help inform children and teens on the dangers of smoking. This will also help them to identify and combat the influence of their peers, tobacco marketers and demonstrate refusal skills.
To conclude, there are many negative impacts on the use of Tobacco products among children and teens. We all have to work together to put a stop to tobacco. We want children and teens to live their lives eventually and not die prematurely. Study shows that 5.6 million youth under the age of 18 will die prematurely due to smoking-related issues. I think we all have to work together to put a total stop to tobacco use. As they always say, “Two heads better than one”.
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