Smoking Among Teenagers

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Claudine "pakantot" Baldevarona
Smoking Among Teenagers

CHAPTER 1: Introduction
It is a fact that children who starts smoking before the age of 15 will continue to smoke all their adult life. This is why smoking is bad for teenagers. A cigarette contains more than 4000 chemical compounds among which 40 are carcinogens and unfortunately, it affects the health of a child in a very bad way. Cigarette smoking is a habit that kills approximately million of people per year. It is surprisingly being picked up by myriad amount of children every day. Smoking becomes a growing trend in the youth community. The number of young smokers have been increased in most American middle schools and high schools. Both girls and boys are smoking because they think it is cool. The four reasons that cause many teenagers to start smoking are peer-pressure, image projection, rebellion, and adult aspirations. Group acceptance is one of the reasons that cause many teenagers to start smoking. They smoke based solely on the fact that cigarettes make them look cool. For example, if their friends are smoking, many teenagers will begin smoking simply to maintain their acceptance within the group. On the other hand, some of the young people start smoking just out of curiosity. From this curiosity, they will try smoking, and whether they like it or not will be the basis for their decision. However, I know most of them will not quit after their first cigarette because if they quit, then their friends might say that you are not cool. For instance, if you have a group of friends, and every one of them smokes except you, then you feel weird when you hang out with them. As a result of feeling weird in front of your friends, you now have a sudden urge to start smoking simply because you want to act the same as your friend do. Image projection is the second reason that causes many teenagers to start smoki

There is definitely an 'image' that attached to smoking by advertising....
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