teenage smoking

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This is a story about Stephanie. When she was 16 she had her first cigarette, in the back of her friends car. Her friend lit up a cigarette for herself and then offered Stephanie one. Stephanie knew that smoking was bad for you, but everyone else she knew had tried it. She wanted to feel like she fit in. She smoked the cigarette and thought to herself, “Hey, this is pretty cool. I feel so relaxed. Two years later, Stephanie was a senior and smoking a pack a day. She found it hard to make it through her eight hour school day without having a smoke. She knew she was addicted, but liked the fact that she was part of the smoking crowd in her school. Four years later and about 450 packs of cigarettes later, Stephanie was in college, and addicted as ever. She knew she wanted to quit, but didn’t think she could hack it with all the stress of college. She wished that she had never had that first cigarette when she was 16, because she wouldn’t be addicted now. If there had been a law, prohibiting teenage smoking, she never would have started. According to the National Institute of drug abuse, each day, 3,000 teens smoke their first cigarette. That is more that one million annually. Despite government att Continue...

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Although most teens are aware of the risk factors, many still continue to smoke. They want to reach out and rebel at the same time. 8221; In Vancouver, Washington, most adult and teens, despite whether they smoked, believe the law is a good thing, according to interviews conducted by their local news, KOIN. If a police officer sees a young person drinking, he or she would ask for I. Ohio needs a tough law to prohibit teens from smoking, so that these percentages will be smaller in upcoming years. The teenagers are punished for smoking illegally. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more Americans die each year from smoking related illnesses than Americans that are killed each year by AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, illegal drugs, and fires combined. In an article published in the Akron Beacon Journal, 16-year-old Zach Naugle of Covington Kentucky said, 8220;It8217;s not going to make me quit because I8217;ve got a job and I8217;m making money to buy cigarettes not matter what they cost. Maybe other states would follow our example. If their peers are smoking, than they will want to smoke as well. Who knows, maybe eventually smoking could eventually become extinct. It is enough that a teen that wants to smoke has to pay outrageous prices for cigarettes, but there would also be the fear of having to pay a huge fine. Tony Smith said, 8220;Oh no, I wouldn8217;t smoke because I wouldn8217;t want to pay that 50 bucks and do to classes!8221; A fine of 50 to 250 is serious money for most teenagers.


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