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Tobacco Addicted Children

Updated on February 28, 2014
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

Early intervention

Believe it or not , the average age to start smoking cigarettes is 12 years old. Is estimated that 6,000 kids start smoking before they turn 18.

Think about it, if 440,000 smokers that will die from smoke related diseases, 396,000 are teens. One out of three kids that will become addicted to tobacco, will die as a result of smoking.

This should not surprise anyone today. There is big pressure for the tobacco companies to find new costumers. 5,000 smokers either die or quit every year, so they spend 10 BILLION dollars a year in advertising. You know it works.

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Marketing Strategy

Marketing to teens is a very crucial part of tobacco companies to stay in business. Look around you, when you go to the corner store. Product placement is key to reach the targeted audience, your kids.

The " We Card Program" has failed to accomplished it's purpose. To keep tobacco out of the reach of children. Studies show that 3 out 4 kids will buy a pack of smokes without them being carded. That is astonishing ! Also the subtle way that they can advertise to an even younger audience is beyond belief.

Ironic isn't it. A drug, a lethal drug, that has killed more Americans every year than any cancer and accidental death combined, still have a legal way to reach the public.The health care system is drowning because of smoking related conditions and deaths. And still is socially acceptable, and legal.

Maybe is because of the taxable revenue. Even with the millions of dollars in lawsuits that shower the tobacco companies every year, they still spend more and more money to promote smoking. Ironically is the poison that is killing whole generations, but paying the government to do so.

Parents can be deceived with this, is the perfect camouflage.

Chewing Tobacco

Believe it or not, there is a growing trend among kids today, chewing tobacco. Specially now that there are so many places where smoking is not allowed anymore. The trend seams to follow a series of new smokeless tobacco products that have been recently introduced to the market in the last 10 years.

They even have changed the packaging to resemble candy.

The bottom line

There is a war between the public and the tobacco companies. They are recruiting children today , to be the costumers of tomorrow. That is a fact.

They are working on new ways to bring in more people into the vicious circle of smoking. Not that they need to, but since thousands of their loyal costumers die every year, is the way to go. We have to be more aggressive when it comes to educate the public, specially the children. The earlier they learn that they are being targeted by the tobacco companies to smoke, the better chance they have to avoid to fall into peer pressure.

See a pattern ? Can you tell?

If you were a kid, what do you see?
If you were a kid, what do you see?
Don't let them win...
Don't let them win...

This is what children see everyday

© 2012 Anan Celeste


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      Jimmy 3 years ago

      It's always a relief when someone with obvious extripese answers. Thanks!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hi Shaun Black !

      I am sorry about not responding promptly to your comment. Many can relate to your story. Hey... What ever works, right? Smoking and tobacco products ARE NOT WORTH IT. And I hope some day we can say that is no longer an issue.

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      Shaun Black 5 years ago from myrtle beach, SC

      Great Hub! When I was around nine, me and some friends tried snuff, but it made me so sick I never touched it again. When I was twelve, I begged my older buddy (he was around 16) to let me smoke a cigarrete. He agree to, but under one condition: I had to smoke it down to the filter in less than one minute. I did so, and was green faced sick for hours. But, that experiance was one of the best things that ever happend to me!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Yeah, I just read an article about India's statistics, It is sad. But The day that you decide to quit, I know you will. I believe and know you deserve to be healthy. Blessings:)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Nice information Anan! As an addict who is trying to quit, I admit I started early.. Here in India the situation is worse!

      No dealer even asks for an Id! If you have money.. that's it.. done..

      Great hub!


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Those pictures really make you think about the justice of advertising tobacco. I do see more young people smoking these days than ever, but these are also ones that have more colds and coughs. Thanks for posting this hub and I hope that it gets out to the right people.

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      eye say 5 years ago from Canada

      eye opener and needed to be said ... pinning, sharing and voting up!

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      As someone who started smoking at 12, I completely appreciate this hub. I was addicted to nicotine in college, can remember nights of digging through the trash looking for a butt to smoke.

      Thank God that I had a child at 21. The doctor said no smoking and it stuck. Back then all the movie stars smoked and my group thought it made us look cool and instead of like the idiots we were.

      I see the targeting by the tobacco companies constantly of our children. Very, very sad. I contribute what little I can to those who fight it.


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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Georgina_writes;

      Indeed, I bet they are. I had no idea that young people did that! It's very nasty.Thanks for the comment.

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      Georgina_writes 5 years ago from Dartmoor

      Gret hub on young people smoking. it's so difficult to get them to stop, especially if their peers smoke. Thank goodness chewing tobacco is not popular in the UK (but I'll bet the tobacco companies are working on that!)