3,300 North American teenagers become new smokers, but fewer than 5%
of schools have adequate anti-smoking education programs.
·35% of teens
of highschool boys use smokeless tobacco.
culture and corporation are obsessed with the youth population, which
is more than 77 million strong and growing.
·Just a few
cigarettes can cause addiction
·90% of smokers
acquire that habit before their 18th birthday
smokers now report that they got started between the ages of 10 and
agree that smoking is addictive and causes disease in smokers.NY
times, Oct 2000, Phillip Morris Cigarettes
shows that starting to smoke before 18 is particularly harmful to the
smoking robs you of 14.5 years of your life.
1.5 billion smokers worldwide. One third of the worlds population
about 10,000 people die from the effects of smoke every day.
will contribute to the premature death of 4 million people this year
and 10 million people annually by the year 2030.
smoking accounts for approximately one in every five deaths in North
America (400,000 in the U.S; 45,000 in Canada).
spend, on average, a year less disabled
are going to spend $160 billion on goods this year, 60% increase over
3 years ago.
link tobacco to depression in teens.
·7 out of
10 American children quit organized sports before their 13th birthday.
Non Smokers Only. Egypt limits job prospects for smokers.
Toronto Star, Aug 26, 2000
honor their childrens request half the time.
·N.Y. Times, Sept. 17, 2000: Marketing expert notes that more young people than ever say their parents are their role models."
PARENTS UNITE TO HELP UNCOOL YOUTH SMOKING...
·Sources: Major North American Newspaper and Magazine articles
©Conrad Martin 2001