Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Do your kids smoke and you don't know it?

From the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:

A new Survey shows 65% of kids still say it is easy to buy cigarettes! Seventy-four percent of teens think tobacco companies want them to smoke.

The group is working to get more people to support solutions proven to reduce youth smoking, including FDA regulation of tobacco products and marketing, funding tobacco prevention programs, increasing cigarette taxes and smoke-free air laws.

New Tobacco-Free Kids Survey Finds:

70% of teens think tobacco companies target them with their advertising.

65 % of Kids Still Say It Is Easy to Buy Cigarettes.

76% of 15-17 year-olds think it is easy to buy tobacco products.

Teens are twice as likely as adults to remember tobacco advertising- 47% recalled tobacco advertising from two weeks before the survey, while only 24% of adults remembered the same tobacco advertising.

The group asks kids to urge elected officials to support higher cigarette taxes, smoke-free air laws and funding for tobacco prevention programs.

How do you plan on preventing your kids from smoking?

-NewsAnchorMom Jen


Jennifer said...

First, my husband and I don't smoke, so hopefully our kids will be learning from our example. Second, since they were very young we've been talking about this topic. How cigarettes cause cancer, how they are smelly and gross. And a waste of money. At 13 and 14 both kids think smoking is stupid. Hopefully as they get a bit older they will still think so.
(I also wonder how a parent wouldn't know... I mean, if a kid smokes one cigarette at a party, you might not, but if they smoked daily, I think it would be obvious)

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