90% of adult smokers started smoking as children Apr 3, 2015 13:54:14 GMT
Post by Dan on Apr 3, 2015 13:54:14 GMT
90% of adult smokers started smoking as children
Public awareness campaigns are like every other aspect of the promotion of smoking, and the more stats we are bombarded with, the more we are reminded of smoking in general consciousness.
"Statistics show that 90% of adult smokers started smoking before 18. Each day in the United States, 3,450 kids between 12 and 17 years old smoke their first cigarette, about one-quarter of them will become daily smokers."(1)
"Children start smoking for a variety of reasons. Some think it makes them look cool, appear older, fit in with other kids, lose weight, or seem tough. Some do it just to feel independent. Some do it just because they've seen it all their life and think it's normal." (1)
"Almost no one starts smoking after age 25. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers started smoking by age 18, and 99% started by age 26. Progression from occasional to daily smoking almost always occurs by age 26." (2)
"Every day, almost 3,900 adolescents under 18 years of age try their first cigarette. More than 950 of them will become daily smokers. Approximately 1.5 million packs of cigarettes are purchased for minors annually." (3)
Yes I have picked and chosen my facts from different sources, some contradict others but generally you get the idea. You also get laughable 'statistics' on the same pages like this:
"Cigarette smokers are also more likely to get into fights, carry weapons, attempt suicide, suffer from mental health problems such as depression, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviours." (3)
I'm very sorry, but just because some types of people are drawn towards smoking does not mean all cigarette smokers are therefore more likely to be like this. Yes it is the case of common misconceptions are now misleading the public in these so-called health warnings.
The first article goes on to say this:
"You should start the dialogue about tobacco use at age 5 or 6, and continue it through the high school years. Many kids start using tobacco by age 11, and many are addicted by age 14. Try talking to your children about smoking before school, on the way to practice or rehearsals, or after dinner." (1)
The same article then goes on to suggest people who smoke also die every day. I say people who don't smoke also die every day, from the same diseases and more. A poor working/living environment mixed with stress has been shown to cause more direct harm to people than any other factor, and this is just 'life'.
(1) - www.webmd.com/parenting/talking-to-kids-about-smoking
(2) - www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/preventing-youth-tobacco-use/factsheet.html
+ - cigarettezoom.com/why-do-people-start-smoke/