• Importance of Addressing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults

    Adolescents are very prone to smoke addiction. According to the Smoking Survey, a large number of teenage   Canadians have learned to smoke before reaching the age of 18 and these kids consume about 1.7 billion cigarettes every year. With this, the average number of smoke consumed by 15 to 19 years old is 11.7 per day. The bad news is that, more than 90 percent of the youth who started smoking at early age becomes habitual or chain smokers in the future.

    In records, the highest numbers of smoking rates were actually recorded among young adults with age 20 to 24 years old at 27 percent; most have become trapped with the addiction until 35 to 40 years. The health risk and the social effects of tobacco addiction have actually pushed the government of Canada to minimize the prevalence of tobacco use among teens through The Smoke-Free Ontario strategy.

    The following are the reasons why it is very important to address tobacco use among teens:

    • Improve life expectancy among youth

    In a study done by the American Cancer society, quitting smoke at an early age lengthens life by 6 to 8 years, than those who do not.

    • Reduce the risk of acquiring Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and Respiratory Diseases

    According to the Nurses’ Health Study, quitting smoke reduces 24 percent of the risk on acquiring coronary heart disease and other disease related to the respiratory system.

    • Reverse its side effects on health

    The American Academy of Oral Medicine (AAOM) states that smoking causes high blood pressure and faster heart but smoking the last cigarette causes them to return to normal as fast as 20 minutes. By 15 years of being smoke-free, the risk to cancer is decreased by half.

    • · Avoid further spread of smoke addiction

    The Smoke-Free Ontario strategy prohibits people below 19 years old to buy and sell tobacco to prevent the prevalence of smoke abuse.

    • Protect non-smokers who are affected through second hand smoke

    Research shows that passive exposure to tobacco increases chances of non-smokers to acquire diseases which chain smokers are at risk of.

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