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Teen smoking

Cause and effect En 101 05

October 30, 1996

Teen Smoking

Due to peer pressure, propaganda and availability, teenage smoking has been

on the rise since 1986. Three thousand children start using tobacco each day

because of the negative influences aimed toward them. Our President and the

American Medical Association have taken action and have urged tobacco

companies to do the same against under age smoking. Despite all positive actions

against it, "pack-a-day" smoking has risen thirty-three Percent in the past ten years

among high school seniors.

Throughout life children and adults are being persuaded to do or try

something that goes against what they believe. Peer pressure is common place in

grade school, where children are constantly being exposed to smoking. Cigarettes

are being smoked everywhere authority is not, during school or any other place kids

congregate. Kids smoke because they want to feel like they 'fit in' and they want to

rebel at the same time. "U.S. News discussed the smoking issue with twenty

teenagers from suburban Baltimore. Half were boys, half girls, and all were

between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Over more than four hours of

conversation, it became clear that most teens smoked for two seemingly

contradictory reasons: They want to be part of a peer group, while rejecting society

and its norms. They want to reach out and rebel at the same time."(Roberts 38)

Tobacco companies spend four billion dollars each year in advertising and

promotional costs and claim there is no health risk. Six hundred thousand people die

every year from smoking related illness, and others quit. Teenagers are not

concerned about their health. The tobacco industry tries to appeal to the youth. The

earlier kids get hooked, the more secure the companies' sales are. "For the tobacco

industry, these youngsters are an essential source of new customers. While cigarette

makers deny it, advertising and promotion of youthful smoking clearly helped attract

the attention of teens. The rate of youthful smoking dropped steadily from 1976 until

1984, then leveled off--just as cigarette companies boosted promotional

budgets."(Roberts 38)

Availability of cigarettes for minors is easier than one might think. Children

have access to tobacco products many ways. They could steal them from their

parent or relative, and from a store. Their family might also give them cigarettes,

and the child smokes them with their friends. Kids can purchase smokes from an

unguarded vending machine or gas station with ease. If that does not work they can

ask someone old enough to buy packs for them. Although, it is just as easy to walk

into any store and ask for them. Convenience stores are constantly getting fined for

the underage sale of tobacco. If laws were more strict on the sale of tobacco to

minors, then kids would smoke less. The harder it is to get cigarettes, the less they

will smoke them.

It is clear from the surveys and articles published that teen smoking is on the

rise. Teenage smoking is escalating at the rate of one million new recruits a year.

Despite the work of governmental and independent agencies the tobacco industries

continue to sell cigarettes at an alarming rate, due to peer pressure propaganda and

availability of the product. Something must be done to make people aware of the

risks.

Cause and effect En 101 05

October 30, 1996

Teen Smoking

Due to peer pressure, propaganda and availability, teenage smoking has been

on the rise since 1986. Three thousand children start using tobacco each day

because of the negative influences aimed toward them. Our President and the

American Medical Association have taken action and have urged tobacco

companies to do the same against under age smoking. Despite all positive actions

against it, "pack-a-day" smoking has risen thirty-three Percent in the past ten years

among high school seniors.

Throughout life children and adults are being persuaded to do or try

something that goes against what they believe. Peer pressure is common place in

grade school, where children are constantly being exposed to smoking. Cigarettes

are being smoked everywhere authority is not, during school or any other place kids

congregate. Kids smoke because they want to feel like they 'fit in' and they want to

rebel at the same time. "U.S. News discussed the smoking issue with twenty

teenagers from suburban Baltimore. Half were boys, half girls, and all were

between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Over more than four hours of

conversation, it became clear that most teens smoked for two seemingly

contradictory reasons: They want to be part of a peer group, while rejecting society

and its norms. They want to reach out and rebel at the same time."(Roberts 38)

Tobacco companies spend four billion dollars each year in advertising and

promotional costs and claim there is no health risk. Six hundred thousand people die

every year from smoking related illness, and others quit. Teenagers are not

concerned about their health. The tobacco industry tries to appeal to the youth. The

earlier kids get hooked, the more secure the companies' sales are. "For the tobacco

industry, these youngsters are an essential source of new customers. While cigarette

makers deny it, advertising and promotion of youthful smoking clearly helped attract

the attention of teens. The rate of youthful smoking dropped steadily from 1976 until

1984, then leveled off--just as cigarette companies boosted promotional

budgets."(Roberts 38)

Availability of cigarettes for minors is easier than one might think. Children

have access to tobacco products many ways. They could steal them from their

parent or relative, and from a store. Their family might also give them cigarettes,

and the child smokes them with their friends. Kids can purchase smokes from an

unguarded vending machine or gas station with ease. If that does not work they can

ask someone old enough to buy packs for them. Although, it is just as easy to walk

into any store and ask for them. Convenience stores are constantly getting fined for

the underage sale of tobacco. If laws were more strict on the sale of tobacco to

minors, then kids would smoke less. The harder it is to get cigarettes, the less they

will smoke them.

It is clear from the surveys and articles published that teen smoking is on the

rise. Teenage smoking is escalating at the rate of one million new recruits a year.

Despite the work of governmental and independent agencies the tobacco industries

continue to sell cigarettes at an alarming rate, due to peer pressure propaganda and

availability of the product. Something must be done to make people aware of the

risks.

Cause and effect En 101 05

October 30, 1996

Teen Smoking

Due to peer pressure, propaganda and availability, teenage smoking has been

on the rise since 1986. Three thousand children start using tobacco each day

because of the negative influences aimed toward them. Our President and the

American Medical Association have taken action and have urged tobacco

companies to do the same against under age smoking. Despite all positive actions

against it, "pack-a-day" smoking has risen thirty-three Percent in the past ten years

among high school seniors.

Throughout life children and adults are being persuaded to do or try

something that goes against what they believe. Peer pressure is common place in

grade school, where children are constantly being exposed to smoking. Cigarettes

are being smoked everywhere authority is not, during school or any other place kids

congregate. Kids smoke because they want to feel like they 'fit in' and they want to

rebel at the same time. "U.S. News discussed the smoking issue with twenty

teenagers from suburban Baltimore. Half were boys, half girls, and all were

between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Over more than four hours of

conversation, it became clear that most teens smoked for two seemingly

contradictory reasons: They want to be part of a peer group, while rejecting society

and its norms. They want to reach out and rebel at the same time."(Roberts 38)

Tobacco companies spend four billion dollars each year in advertising and

promotional costs and claim there is no health risk. Six hundred thousand people die

every year from smoking related illness, and others quit. Teenagers are not

concerned about their health. The tobacco industry tries to appeal to the youth. The

earlier kids get hooked, the more secure the companies' sales are. "For the tobacco

industry, these youngsters are an essential source of new customers. While cigarette

makers deny it, advertising and promotion of youthful smoking clearly helped attract

the attention of teens. The rate of youthful smoking dropped steadily from 1976 until

1984, then leveled off--just as cigarette companies boosted promotional

budgets."(Roberts 38)

Availability of cigarettes for minors is easier than one might think. Children

have access to tobacco products many ways. They could steal them from their

parent or relative, and from a store. Their family might also give them cigarettes,

and the child smokes them with their friends. Kids can purchase smokes from an

unguarded vending machine or gas station with ease. If that does not work they can

ask someone old enough to buy packs for them. Although, it is just as easy to walk

into any store and ask for them. Convenience stores are constantly getting fined for

the underage sale of tobacco. If laws were more strict on the sale of tobacco to

minors, then kids would smoke less. The harder it is to get cigarettes, the less they

will smoke them.

It is clear from the surveys and articles published that teen smoking is on the

rise. Teenage smoking is escalating at the rate of one million new recruits a year.

Despite the work of governmental and independent agencies the tobacco industries

continue to sell cigarettes at an alarming rate, due to peer pressure propaganda and

availability of the product. Something must be done to make people aware of the

risks.

Cause and effect En 101 05

October 30, 1996

Teen Smoking

Due to peer pressure, propaganda and availability, teenage smoking has been

on the rise since 1986. Three thousand children start using tobacco each day

because of the negative influences aimed toward them. Our President and the

American Medical Association have taken action and have urged tobacco

companies to do the same against under age smoking. Despite all positive actions

against it, "pack-a-day" smoking has risen thirty-three Percent in the past ten years

among high school seniors.

Throughout life children and adults are being persuaded to do or try

something that goes against

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