This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Lately, I feel like I notice more and more younger people smoking and I can’t believe it. For a long time, it seemed like the dangers of smoking were enough to stop people from smoking. While growing up, both of my parents smoked. Come to think of it, almost all of my friends’ parents smoked. Out of that group, I can happily say that none of my friends smoke. We saw what it did to some of our parents and we did not want any part of it.
Maybe this young group of teens did not have experience with this and they don’t have the experience of seeing someone have health related issues because of it. Andy by young, I mean 13. Would you believe this is the average age of a new smoker! This is way too young!
The emergence of e-cigarettes have exacerbated the use of nicotine products among minors. It seems like more and more teens are trying this each year. From 2014-2018 e-cigarette use grew 160% among high school students. This mom is joining NY in saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH by signing the pledge!
Tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores. Just like anything, the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking. This makes me so angry that they would be targeting such a young audience.
Here are two easy ways that we can help our children especially our teens see the dangers of smoking:
Talk to your kids.
I always talk to my girls about the dangers of smoking. I have told them how gross my clothes smelled when I would go out dancing before “no smoking” came the norm.
Talk about all that problems that happen when you smoke. Cancer and heart disease are just two of the many health dangers from smoking. Having conversations in general lets your children know that they can talk to you about anything.
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Sign the Pledge to Get Tobacco Out of Sight in Stores
Knowing that our kids are exposed to tobacco products in stores is enough to make me mad. They have definitely seen enough. Walking past local convenience stores makes it so easy to see the variety of cigarettes and e-cigarettes easily available.
Sign the “Seen Enough Tobacco” pledge today to make New York a healthier place to live, work and play!
Tell big tobacco our kids have seen enough by signing the petition here.