When adults do not quit
aren’t kids hit quite a bit?
It would be a shame
for us to take blame
when the next generation
NO MORE KIDS HIT!
Tobacco use among high school students in the United States numbers over 1.8 million. Of these students, 11.8% are boys and 9.7% are girls. The number of children ages 3 to 11 who are exposed to secondhand smoke is 40.6%. Of these children, 67.9% are black and 37.2% are white. These statistics are particularly frightening, when examined against the effects of smoke on children. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. Thousands more dying from the use of chewing tobacco. Cigarette-related illness will eventually kill almost a third of the kids who become new smokers each year. In addition, smokers lose a decade of life due to smoking. For every person who dies from smoking, at least 30 more are suffering from serious disease and disability due to cigarette use.
Smoking as an adult often gets started in children who are trying to look cool, act older, lose weight, seem tough, or feel independent. Chemicals from the smoke that reaches a pregnant woman can pass through her lungs into the bloodstream of the baby she is carrying. Infants exposed to secondhand smoke have a greater risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Children of all ages, including adolescents, develop reduced lung function. Secondhand smoke may impair the immune system in children and adults, and increases risk of infection and illness. Leukemias, lymphomas, brain cancer and heart disease may result from exposure to secondhand smoke in childhood and adolescence. Kids hit by cigarettes experience much harm and no benefit. It is up to adults to prevent this from happening to our next generation.
hit hard while too young to know what they are doing to themselves.