Ads for cigarettes were all over the place. Today we're more aware about how bad smoking is for our health.
Ninety percent about health and medicine. I always wondered why so many grown-ups smoke. It was as if smoking a cigarette was the ticket one needed to be called an adult.
And coughed and coughed. Still, I tried to smoke some more. The cough ceased and I was blowing smoke.
As I finished, I noticed a horrible sour taste left in my mouth. What's so cool about it? That was the first and last time I smoked. While quitting smoking remains one of the best prevention methods to avoid dying prematurely and anti-smoking advocates have not been remiss in their campaigns, and yet, smoking continues.
For this post, I'd like to focus on teenage smokers and explore why they try to smoke and continue to smoke. Here are some facts: Among Filipino girls, residence in cosmopolitan Metro Manila is associated with high probability of smoking, and those who were raised with both parents present were less likely to smoke than those who grew up with a single parent.
Also, for both genders, those who have close relationships with parents were less likely to smoke [ Teen Tobacco Epidemic in Asia, ] Among factors influencing smoking, the following are significant: Enforce Republic Act and publicize how offenders are penalized.
Make anti-smoking warnings bigger, more colorful, and more visible. If possible, place it in billboards and suggest that government sponsor advertisements of similar nature in television, radio, and print media. On the other hand, ban cigarette advertisements!
Also, ask advertising agencies to modify marketing strategies and refrain from focusing on the youth sector. Make anti-smoking warnings appear on ALL sides of the cigarette pack: This must be done indefinitely and not on a limited time basis only.
Refuse cigarette purchase among adolescents and penalize those stores who commit this offense. Make cigarettes very expensive. What do you call that? It is cheaper to get sick and more expensive to get healed?
How can you make cigarettes very expensive? By increasing tobacco or cigarette taxes.
Legislators and the government should have a direct hand in this. The most price-responsive are the lower-income groups and the youth. By making cigarettes expensive, we can discourage them from smoking.
Emphasize and make anti-smoking a part of the school curriculum from elementary to collegiate level.
Sponsor student field trips to hospital wards where patients with smoking-related illnesses are confined to highlight the results of long-term smoking. Ban children and young people from openly selling cigarettes in the streets. Give incentives like discount coupons to smoke-free households.
Smoking drains nearly 20 percent of the household income of smokers' families. There is nothing cool or glamorous about getting sick or dying young or making others sick because of second-hand smoke. Getting bad breath or yellow teeth from smoking won't make anyone popular.Because of nicotine addiction, about three out of four teen smokers end up smoking into adulthood, even if they intend to quit after a few years.
Among youth who persist in . Teenagers tend to underestimate how addictive smoking really is: In one survey, only 5 percent of teen smokers said they expected to be smoking in five years, but eight years later, 75 percent were still smoking, according to Drug Topics journal.
Manila (AsiaNews) - In the Philippines, the number of women who smoke is constantly on the rise. It is a phenomenon that, in recent years, seems to affect the youngest most of all: 30% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke regularly.
Among young teens (aged 13 to 15), about one in five smokes worldwide. Between 80, and , children worldwide start smoking every day - roughly half of whom live in Asia. Evidence shows that around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on to smoke for 15 to 20 years.
Tobacco smoking in the Philippines affects a sizable minority of the population. According to a survey conducted under the auspices of the Philippines' Department of Health, Philippine Statistics Authority, the World Health Organization.
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