Preventing Teen Smoking
Problem solution essay about preventing teen smoking.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Teen Smoking
According to charts, graphs, and a lot of data, teen smoking is on the rise. Many
teens are smoking in parks, under bridges, and in town, which means away from adults,
mostly parental control. Also, a lot of it is peer pressure. Some kids that just want to fit in
or have friends will get pressured into smoking just to have friends. Smoking is a bad
idea because it can cause diseases which are health risks.
Some of the ways that teen smoking is increased is by showing smoking on TV
and movies. Everyone knows Hannah Montana. A lot of little girls look up to her and
copy her. If she started to smoke, then the kids would copy her because she would be
telling them, “I’m cool and famous and I smoke”, so they would want to do the same.
Another way to stop teen smoking is to decrease ads in magazines. Most kids and teens
look at magazines and read them. I know because when I’m in line at the grocery store I
look at and read magazines and their covers. On most of the pages they always have ads
for something. The ones of smoking are pretty much sending out the message that actors
are cool for smoking. Apparel is another thing that promotes smoking, like the cowboy
hat and vest that the tough Marlboro man used to wear. I also see shirts in stores with
Marilyn Monroe smoking a cigarette. There are ads where men are dressed really nice
with pretty women around them, so some guys think if they wear those clothes and
smoke cigarettes, girls will like them and it will make them hot. Those are some ways
teen smoking can be stopped by taking smoking ads out of the public image.
Another way to fight teen smoking is education. Everyone knows that about two
months of D.A.R.E. for only fifth graders is not going to stop teen smoking. If schools
had different motivational speakers every month that talked about peer pressure, kids
would listen to them more. The motivational speaker could show all the health risks that
smoking could cause in the long run. The next way to prevent teen smoking is having
meetings with parents of teens. Having meetings with parents could show them the
effects of teen smoking. Also, some parents buy cigarettes for their kids and shorten their
life. If you start smoking at the age of twelve, they say you may live only to about
twenty-five or thirty. Another way is to have parents talk to their kids about smoking.
Some kids might listen to their parents more than a stranger. You can also tell your teen
about how smoking is not good and about the major health risks.
I pick taking smoking out of TV programs and movies as the way to help prevent
teen smoking. One reason why is because in even kid movies they have smoking. In One
Hundred and One Dalmatians, Cruela Deville smokes in over half the movie which
shows watchers that smoking is alright. Another reason why I picked this reason is
because TV and movies make it look fun and cool. But I mean, ask kids if it is really cool
to get lung cancer or other health problems. Now probably one of the best reasons is how
kids and teens look up to actors and actresses. If High School Musical and Hannah
Montana actors smoked, kids would want to follow them. Just think of how many kids
would start to smoke. Think of how many kids sit and watch TV. Commercials might
make smoking look cool, but do they ever tell the side effect. They do tell the side
effects, but only in small print. Also, in movies the actors aren’t really smoking, but
watchers don’t always know that. Smoking can look cool, but having lung cancer and
mouth diseases aren’t. That’s why I think getting rid of smoking on TV and in movies
would decrease teen smoking.
Based on all this information, I think it’s time for the U.S. government to put
limits on cigarettes in the media. Laws should be passed to limit or do away with the TV
shows and commercials where there is smoking. They should have more commercials
about the effects of smoking so people can see the reality of the bad habit. All of this
could help prevent or stop teen smoking.
By Kati Valentine