OUR VIEWS: Smoking is so uncool

Aug 10, 2012

 

Wide-tire bicycles with white sidewalls are stylish once again.

Based on the numerous teenagers seen smoking when roaming the streets during Coast Guard Festival, The Marlboro Man — unveiled in 1954 to help create the image that smoking filtered cigarettes was masculine — must be cool again as well.

Let’s hope not!

Current studies indicate that about 20 percent of all teens smoke cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of smokers begin before the age of 18. A similar study published by the American Lung Association shows 90 percent of smokers begin before the age of 21.

The CDC also found some interesting facts and estimates:

— About 3,900 teens under 18 start smoking each day.

— Of the 3,900 teens that start smoking each day, 1,500 will become regular smokers.

— Those who smoke often have secondary behavioral issues such as violence, drug/alcohol use, and high-risk sexual behavior.

The truth of the matter is, there is nothing cool about smoking — unless you consider a chronic cough, reduced stamina, bad breath, yellow teeth, and the increased risk of cancer and heart disease cool. Plus, it’ll cost you almost $1,800 a year to smoke a pack a day.

It’s important to educate our children early on about the dangers of smoking. It all starts at home. Only 2 percent of smokers have parents that don’t smoke. Be a good example, and teach good refusal skills.

One thing is for certain: Kids are 100 percent of our future.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

Comments

truthhurts

i guess that is an unintended consequence to the state smoking ban.

Tri-cities realist

We should thank all of these new smokers, the tobacco taxes collected pay for health care for the poor. Oops, that's the dirty little secret. What happens when nobody smokes, and the funding dries up? Yep they will find another way to tax away our freedoms.

jvc

Who can afford to smoke these days?

Band71

yes TC realist, that is a catch 22, as the smokers are huge source for the need to fund medical claims that many tax payers are on the hook for due to the smokers increased medical needs and lack of insurance.

Looking forward to the enforcement of the 20' from business law. I do not need to walk through a cloud of smoke and have my asthma and allergies flare just to get into a restaurant... sorry, but your habit does not need to affect my health.

truthhurts

....But your poor health needs to affect others?

 

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