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Tobacco Addicted Children
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.
How old most first time smokers are?
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.
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If you ever wonder how smoking became the plague that is today?
Parents can be deceived with this, is the perfect camouflage.
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?
This is what children see everyday
© 2012 Anan Celeste