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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Tai

SMOKING KILLS.

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

Averagely speaking, smoking will kill 13 years of an individual's life expectancy (CBS NL).

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Only one out of four teenage smokers will quit before adulthood while one of the three remaining will die from tobacco-related illnesses (Tobacco Free Florida).


More than 2/3 of youth partaking in a 2014 American Medical Association survey reported using tobacco products due to appealing flavors (Tobacco Free Florida).


Within a year time, a 58% increase in e-cigarette use was reported in a survey of Florida’s high school students (Tobacco Free Florida).


Significant marketing practices are done by tobacco businesses that target youth (Truth Initiative).


Disabilities and illnesses in almost every organ can be led to by smoking (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).


The leading cause of preventable deaths is smoking (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).


Rise of E-Cigarettes & Targeting of Teenagers



A revolution in the smoking community in the emergence of electronic cigarettes has given rise to a baby boom of teenage smoking alongside the outcoming tag-along of teenage nicotine addiction. As a result of E-Cigarette companies’ strategic targeting of the world’s youth populace, teenager’s vulnerability in their grappling of nicotine addiction and withdrawal continues to accelerate out of proportion. Cherry-picking pros to e-cigarettes in the juxtaposition of traditional tobacco while leaving out of context the continual presence of nicotine in most cigarette products, including traditional tobacco cigarettes and cigars, smokeless cigarettes, and electronic cigarettes. In the midst of an important developmental stage, teenagers are already comparatively prone to addiction, and this explicitly chosen demographic tobacco and cigarette companies target is not merely a coincidence. Hooking up youths to cigarettes at a young age means to businesses that a new generation of future customers are set to go, substantially benefitting the finances of companies by ensuring a stably growing market in the maintenance of a healthy future outlook.


From advertising electronic cigarettes as safer and short of harmful backlashes present in traditional tobacco cigarettes, to luring teenagers with over 15,000 flavors to choose from, alongside various other targeted marketing practices, the safety boundaries parents and schools try to build around teenagers are punctured while they are left at risk to irrevocable outcomes. Advertisements and the execution of other methods to attract young customers are not something that can be easily withstood simply by discipline. Statistics are solid. Research conducted on middle and high schoolers found 43% of individuals giving in the first step due to appealing flavors. In addition, cigarette and other relevant business establishments tactically choose sights in closer proximity to not only products of children’s’ interest, but also to schools and youth facilities, oftentimes taking a step further to sponsoring sports and music events and festivals.


Nicotine Addiction



Although seemingly different from other common prescription drugs in terms of accessibility and stereotyping, cigarette products still obtain the same dangers in which lie within much of today’s big-named illegal drugs. Symptoms of nicotine addiction notably overlap with common drug abuse symptoms, including: uncontrolled urges of smoking (although understanding its harms), anxiety and irritability when urges are not being satisfied, an inability to voluntarily quit, and interfering one’s daily activities with smoking habits. Nicotine addiction is not a simple matter to work out. In fact, other complications by popular occurrence in victims of nicotine addiction could erode away an individual’s physical well-being, character, and mental state. It isn’t at all uncommon in the smoking community to abuse more than one substance simultaneously. Being addicted to cigarettes, individuals are in-other-words hooked up to products in which contains various other harmful toxins and chemicals closely associated with cancer and various other chronic illnesses.


Nicotine Withdrawal


In efforts of quitting cigarette usage, withdrawal symptoms may become more obvious as time away from these products lengthens, triggering cravings for nicotine. While not everybody’s experience with nicotine withdraw aligns, common withdrawal symptoms include feelings of irritability, jitteriness, restlessness, headaches, excessive sweating, anxiety, sadness, hunger, insomnia, and trouble concentrating or thinking straight. As per usual, small symptoms can indicate big problems and they should not anyhow be ignored, regardless of them being physical, mental, or emotional. For more information and tips in adjusting to a cigarette-free lifestyle, check out Smoke Free’s Article on Vaping Addiction and Nicotine Withdrawal.


Small Gestures of Compassion Go a Long Way



Addiction isn’t as simple as an act able to be voluntarily quit. Guiding those around us in the spirit of compassion to positive change is a better way of solving the issue by targeting the situation’s roots. Let us be part of the solution, not the problem.


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Works Cited


“Know the Risks”, Know the Risks, https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/knowtherisks.html, 19 June 2020.


“Nicotine & Addiction”, smokefree.gov, https://teen.smokefree.gov/the-risks-of-tobacco/nicotine-addiction, 19 June 2020.


“The History of Tobacco Companies Targeting Youth”, Tobacco Free Florida, 4 April 2019, https://tobaccofreeflorida.com/blog/tobacco-companies-targeting-youth/, 19 June 2020.


“Tobacco Industry Marketing”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 May 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/marketing/index.htm#:~:text=Scientific%20evidence%20shows%20that%20tobacco,people%20to%20start%20using%20tobacco.&text=Adolescents%20who%20are%20exposed%20to,increase%20adolescents'%20desire%20to%20smoke., 19 June 2020.


“Tobacco, Nicotine, & Vaping (E-Cigarettes)”, National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens, January 2020, https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/tobacco-nicotine-vaping-e-cigarettes, 19 June 2020.


“Vaping Addiction and Nicotine Withdrawal”, smokefree.gov, https://teen.smokefree.gov/quit-vaping/vaping-addiction-nicotine-withdrawal, 19 June 2020.

Kessler, Gladys. “Tobacco Company Marketing to Kids”, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, 13 January 2020, https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0008.pdf, 19 June 2020.


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