Get the Facts About Kids Tobacco Use

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This post is sponsored by CVS Health.

 

The evolution in education of the dangers of tobacco use has made smoking and other forms of tobacco use a less-desired trend. However, strangely enough, between 2013 and 2014, the use of electronic cigarettes among students in middle school tripled. They are the most commonly used nicotine products among middle school students.

But the question is: Why?

It is a widely and well-known fact that thousands of people die from tobacco-related causes each year. In addition, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Yet there are so many young people who believe it is the thing to do because they see their peers doing it. Some youth even believe that smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco-related products such as e-cigarettes represents “adult” status. Some do it to emulate their parents, or the celebrities they idolize.

While the reasons to start using tobacco products could be many, the reason to stop—or refrain from starting at all—are the same: smoking and tobacco use seriously jeopardizes health.

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Studies show that every day, 3,800 kids under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette, with 2,100 youths and young adults becoming regular daily smokers.

And if you’re thinking that e-cigarettes are safer than actual cigarettes or other products that contain tobacco, think again. The word is still not final on whether or not e-cigarettes prevent or change unhealthy tobacco habits. In fact, many e-cigarettes contain the addictive drug nicotine. Plus, some early studies suggest that teens who use e-cigarettes are also more likely to use tobacco cigarettes.

Products like e-cigarettes are sometimes featured in advertisements that are designed to appeal to young people. Some even have candy-like flavors, which may increase the allure and curiosity to try them. Although it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and tobacco products to minors, the illegal purchase of tobacco by young people happens much more often than you think.

DID YOU KNOW: If more is not done to reduce youth smoking rates in the U.S., an estimated 5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking. 

It is never too soon to encourage our youth to strive to live a tobacco-free lifestyle. Their bodies are still developing, so their organs may be more affected by the chemicals found in such products. Studies have shown that education programs can help reduce the number of kids who use tobacco products, which is why we must work to eliminate tobacco use among our young people. In this way, we can decrease the risk of tobacco-related diseases down the line. We can help young people create healthy ways to respond when faced with situations involving tobacco in order to safeguard their health for a lifetime.

There are Get Smart About Tobacco education programs (for grades 3-7) available for free use. Visit the website to get access at: www.scholastic.com/get_smart_about_tobacco.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS Health. The opinions and text are all mine.

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14 Comments

  • My kids and I have been talking about the dangers of smoking for years. Their need to stay away from smoking is especially important because they are asthmatic. They have been watching family members smoke for years and so far they have decided they want nothing to do with it. I hope it stays that way.

  • It’s definitely a good idea to talk with the kids about tobacco. It’s pretty easy for young kids to acquire so you have to be careful.

  • I am shocked that so many kids are still trying smoking. With all the education and research out there about how bad it is I thought less kids would want to do it.

  • I had no idea that tobacco use was still so prevalent. I have seen first hand what it can do to people. My dad had health problems from using snuff.

  • I live in the south, where every third person either smokes or chews. I’ve been driving home how dangerous tobacco is to my kids since they were old enough to understand words.

  • I just experienced a man losing his life primarily as a result of his smoking. It was hard to watch those that loved him, mourning as he was passing, and at the same time stepping outside during their grief to have a cigarette. What power this drug holds. It’s best to never start that habit…nicotine or not. Smoking anything is bad-period.

  • I had no idea about that tripled fact of electronic cigarette use in 2013.
    I really hope the whole cigarette use thing gets curbed for good in our society.
    I was thrilled when my mother-in-law quit smoking for good in 2010!

  • The numbers are scary! I have pretty well scared my children out of smoking, but who knows if that fear will last. As they get older, I know I’ll need to revisit it.

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