Smoking is a major public health problem worldwide (World Health Organization 1997, 1999; Satcher 2001; Gori 2002). A recent estimate suggested that 29 percent of the adult population were smokers globally in 1995 (Peto & Lopez 2000). Deaths due to tobacco use are expected to increase from four million in 1999 to 10 million in 2030 (Murray & Lopez 1996). By then, tobacco use is expected to cause more premature deaths and disabilities than any other single cause. These expected increases in death are not distributed evenly across the regions. Developing regions are expected to experience much larger share of the increases than the developed regions. For example, the Asian region is expected to experience a fourfold increase while the developed regions will experience a 50 percent increase (Jha et al. 2002). Smoking among teens is associated with additional health and social problems. Smoking affects the physical growth and activities of teenagers. The younger people start smoking, the more likely they are to become strongly addicted to nicotine.
Furthermore, teens who smoke are much more likely to use alcohol, use drugs, engage in fighting, and engage in unprotected sex (Center for Disease Control 1994; Willard & Shoenborn 1995). Most smokers begin smoking during their teen years. Yet, studies on smoking behavior among teens are rare for most Asian countries. This paper examines the prevalence of smoking, the age pattern of initiation of smoking, and factors associated with current smoking status among 15–19 year olds in Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand using data from national youth surveys collected in recent years.
Teenage smoking - Giving adults something to stress about.
Teenage smoking is something that has been going on in the world for more than a while now. Youthful smoking is widely accepted in many cultures, with the exception of that of the United States. In the more recent years of the United States history, much money has been wasted on researching the effects of smoking and advertising those effects. I believe that there is no warrant for any action to be taken against teenage smoking.
Every year, the controversy of teenage smoking grows more intense in the United States. More and more research is done on the effect nicotine has on the human body, and consequently more money is spent to advertise the advantage to quitting smoking. More facts such as, The average age of first tobacco use is now 11-15 (CDC. 1994), Everyday, 3,000 young people become regular smokers (Pierce, J. JAMA. 1989), More than 3 million American adolescents currently smoke (CDC 1994) come out each year to show that youths are choosing to smoke.
The people that believe that teenage smoking should cease all value the same things: safety, personal health, money, and things relating to these. The same is true for those who believe in freedom of choice and teenage smoking, they believe in things such as personal freedom, basic rights, and fun. In the Philippines, the number of women who smoke is constantly on the rise. It is a phenomenon that, in recent years, seems to affect the youngest most of all: 30% of girls between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke regularly. According to a recent study conducted by the Southeast Asia Tabacco Control Alliance, 18.7% of Filipino young women between the ages of 13 and 25 smoke cigarettes. The numbers go up if the sample is restricted to teenagers between 13 and 15: 3 out of 10 already have the smoking habit. Among female smokers, 60% say that they smoked their first cigarette at the age of 18, while the remaining 40% say they started when they were still very young. They continue to smoke despite the fact that they are aware of the risks connected to smoking: nine girls out of ten know that smoking can cause lung cancer, infertility, early menopause, osteoporosis, and hysterectomy. For this reason, the country has begun an anti-smoking...