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Smokers Get Younger and Die Younger, Too!

Updated on July 23, 2010
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WARNING: this hub could get smoking fathers angry If I blame them for influencing their kids to smoke at very young ages ranging from 8 months-onwards. The alarming smoking stage of these kids caught the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNICEF (United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund).

The most prominent smoking kid is Aldi of Indonesia. Her mother,Diana, said that his son started smoking since 8 month old because of the prodding of his father. Now that he is already two years old, he is smoking a total of 40 sticks of cigarette per day. When her mother tried to stop him one time, he blasted into tantrums by banging his head on the wall.

Third World countries mostly experience scenarios like this, in Myanmar or even here in the Philippines. When children were asked why they are smoking at an early age, their answers were summed up as a result of poverty. The escape of having a decent meal three times a day is through smoking cigarettes.

In more progressive countries, the lure of using electronic cigarettes created much clamor in order to quit smoking. Tobacco cigarettes versus e-cigarettes, what do you want to choose?

Even, there's an alternative like this, I would not try abusing my body by being a chain smoker, just like what happened to my father who died from lung cancer.

Mom of toddler smoker in Indonesia seeks help for him c/o informa2020

Travel Man’s Confession

 My father who died of lung cancer at the age of 60 in 1998 confessed to me that he starting smoking cigarettes when he’s only eight years old.

He reasoned out that it was his escape to forget the cruelty of his uncle who maltreated his aunt where he was adopted as their child. My father was also a victim of this domestic abuses committed by his uncle.

Being one of his children, I tried urging him to stop smoking. Can you imagine a man smoking more than three packs of cigarettes a day? During his 50s, he was admitted to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to remove the phlegm from his lungs due to excessive smoking. The procedure was conducted two times until he succumbed to the deadly disease.

The Real Cost of Smoking c/o illumistream

Smokers in the USA


Smoking is directly responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer cases. Aside from that, smoker’s teeth are four times like to need advanced treatment at the dental clinic. Women who smoke have a hard time getting pregnant.Smoking is bad news because even non-smokers can be affected by secondhand smoke. There are cases that those who didn’t smoke can have the deadly disease.

According to recent study, less than half of the nation’s smokers quit smoking. Only one in 40 smokers succeed quitting. It takes more than willpower to deal with the brain chemistry that’s been altered by years of nicotine use. It’s just a matter of wise decision-making and being health-conscious, once again.

Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD#1) c/o illumistream

When Quitting Means Winning

There’s a free Web-based smoking-cessation program being conducted at the University of California, San Francisco ( personally keep track of cigarette use and write down what they’re feeling as they light up. The method will help a smoker identify triggering factors and personal roadblocks to quitting - whether it’s a crowded bar of friends or a nerve-wracking meeting or a cup of coffee and dessert. These can help a smoker avoid lighting another stick of cigarette for the better.

Not only that. One study shows that quitters who exercise are 50 percent more likely to stick with their quitting procedure.

Where To Find Information and Help

ORGANIZATION> American Lung Association 1740 Broadway New York, NY 10019 212/315-8700; - The ALA is the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. that fights lung diseases in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health. Its Web site has a section on quitting smoking.

WEB SITES> 1. Freedom From Smoking Online - This site allows visitors to participate online in the American Lung Association’s favorite cessation program, Freedom From Smoking. The free seven-part program motivates smokers to quit and then provides them with strategies and advice.

2. Nicotine Anonymous - is a nonprofit 12-step group offering support and advice to anyone hoping to break the nicotine habit

3. - provides information and products for people trying to stop smoking. Some of the products may not suit you, but the information about addiction and quitting strategies is helpful.

BOOK>7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life. John Wiley & Sons, 1998, (paperback) - Based on the American Lung Association’s award winning Freedom from Smoking program, 7 Steps to a Smoke-Free Life guides smokers through a process that has earned awards and praise as the gold standard for quitting smoking. This book helps smokers to better understand their addiction and the consequences they are experiencing. The procedure to quit is through seven steps - personally finding the reasons for smoking and identifying personal triggers to smoking and the preparation for quitting period.





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    • Arian Rey profile image

      Arian Rey 

      7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      What a sad note. Why would some fathers tolerate their toddlers to smoke?

    • bacville profile image


      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I'm too young to smoke, yet. I'll study first. Thanks for this hub, travel man.

    • thesailor profile image


      8 years ago from Seven Seas

      It's so sad to note that even toddlers are addicted to smoking cigarettes these days. Responsible parenting should be the oobligation of both father and mother to avoid cases, like this.

      Not to mention the dangers being contributed by smoking, secondary smoke and third-degree smoke to our health.


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