Tobacco advertising on television was banned in 1998, but today, the tobacco industry spends billions of dollars on countertop displays and discounts on their deadly products. With the discounts, the tobacco products are cheaper and easily affordable to teens. Youth see the advertisements making tobacco a normal part of adulthood, a way to look more mature and grown up. Tobacco products will make you age more quickly. It robs your skin of its elasticity and makes you wrinkle faster.
Youth think tobacco products are popular because they are right there in plain view. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars to pay stores to display their products so they are highly visible to attract new customers. The tobacco industry has to replace the 400,000 customers who die in the United States every year from tobacco- related diseases.
There is no smokers' rights when it comes to sharing the toxic ingredients in cigarettes. No one has the right to infringe on someone's health. Smoking leads to cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses. Tobacco affects every organ in the body. In children, smoking is one of the biggest factors in respiratory infections, asthma and early diagnosis of cancer.
Second-hand smoke is a big problem for everyone. Some children who are exposed to it from their parents already may be addicted before they pick up their first cigarette.
Litter from cigarette butts pollute our water supply and harm everyone.
For more information, call me at the HFM Prevention Council at 736-8188, Ext. 107.
HFM Prevention Council