First of all, family environment is a main cause that has the biggest influence in shaping teenagers’ behavior. If the members of the immediate family or other distant relatives smoke, teenagers will be encouraged to imitate them. Sometimes it becomes a habit transferred from forbearers to grandchildren. For example, when the teenager sees his father smoking every day and sometimes more than one time during a day, he/she will probably think that it’s normal to smoke without knowing its bad consequences. Also there are some of parents that motivate their children to smoke.
• 1,100 packs of 25 cigarettes are sold in Australia every minute! • From 12–17 years, 9% of boys and 10% of girls admitted to smoking in a survey conducted in 2005 • 100 million people were estimated to have died from causes related to smoking in the 20th century. In other words, 100 million people who died unnecessarily from a preventable cause of death. (Health, 2012) This documentary is coming from an educational point of view and is targeted at young adolescence under the legal smoking age. Between the ages of 13 – 17 years of age, teens are seen to smoke illegally at social events and then get addicted to the nicotine, then go on to smoke through for the rest of their lives.
Media exposure has a really big effect on adolescence behaviors. This article is a discussion of adolescent smoking and how media smoking exposure affects adolescent smoking. It is also about various risk factors that can affects adolescent smoking such as parental involvement, cognitive beliefs, personality and other social factors such as peer or movies. Watching movies is a popular entertainment for some adolescents. Thus, movie stars are perceived as “cool”, and become teen models that adolescents want to be.
A Smoking Gun According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use then by all deaths combined from HIV, alcohol abuse, illegal drug use, car accidents, suicides, and murder. In fact, cigarette smoking causes one of every five deaths in the United States every year. Why then would a person choose to continue an activity that can hurt or even kill them? There are probably numerous reasons for this behavior, but I believe people continue to smoke cigarettes because they are addictive; they cause psychological dependency; and they provide an “emotional high”. Initially, smokers are drawn to the nicotine in tobacco.
The impact of advertising on teenagers has become an area of focus recently. Teenagers are the strategic objects of many marketing campaigns because they can afford for their buying behaviors with the high loyalty. While the purpose of most non-cigarette advertisements is to spread information related to goods and services, the cigarette advertising has been associated with the adolescent’s desires to smoke. In this essay, we will discuss about the why the teenagers become susceptible to smoking by the effects of the information of cigarette advertisements, the tobacco brand’s promotion as well as their own self-conflict. One of the main features of cigarette advertisements is giving products an exaggerated account.
Therefore a lot of experiments have shown that warning labels on cigarette packs are more effective in engaging smokers. Those labels increase awareness about health problems that cause by smoking, increases thoughts of quitting. OHegarty et al. (2006) conducted a study to examine how U.S. young adults will react on large text and graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. Labels were examined among 763 smokers between ages of 18-24 years old.
Teenage risk taking is a troubling scenario in developed countries as well as developing countries. Although most adolescents have learned about the dangers of risk-taking behaviors, the substantial number of teenagers and young adults who engage in risk-taking behaviors is still increasing dramatically every day. Last month, my aunt in Vietnam told me that my 14 year old cousin began smoking. When she asked him the reason, my cousin said that everyone smoked and he wanted to try. My cousin was curious when his friends said that smoking would make him cooler and manlier.
Many people still practice smoking regardless the fact that smoking could potentially ruin their health as what is written on the cigarette box itself. Knowing all this, smokers still continue to smoke, as if they did not know that they are harming their surroundings too. Some of those who support smoking claim that it’s hard for smokers to break their habit. 12 out of 15 smokers fail to break the habit, therefore, if it’s banned, it could trigger the opening of the black markets of cigars, just like drugs, and it would be much more difficult for the government to control than when it’s legalized. Smoking has been shown to be dangerous to health.
-The first important connection that I feel is a good example to associate to the individual level is linked to the psychological aspect of it. The case study of Karim shows how he is dependent mentally and how insecure he feels on not been able to write his reports without cigarettes Finlay et al (2009, p. 53). Low self esteem, beliefs and desire to appear strong and respected by others is again a psychological weakness that can induce an individual to find help in tobacco. Especially teenagers are easily influenced, considering that research indicates that most smokers start early, is estimated that 100,000 young people start smoking each day Finlay et al (2009, p. 153). -The family level is mainly related to the level of influence that young people receive from other members of the domestic environment.
Introduction Big Tobacco, the leading tobacco companies in the industry strategically exploits the marginalized groups to maximize their bottom line. The marginalized community, which includes society, most socially and economically challenge such as youths, the homeless, the mentally challenged, those with substance-abuse problems, anxiety and depression are at a tremendous disadvantage and the habit of smoking brings significant financial and health burden to these individuals. Research has shown that 25 percent of the United States adult population has some form of mental illness or substance abuse disorder, 65.2 percent of adult smokers also use alcohol and 44.3 percent of all tobacco sold in the United States is consumed by this marginalized