Do you ever think about your future? Wonder about where you will be in your life 10 to 20 years from now? The beautiful aspect of being young is that you are given so many opportunities. These are the days that you begin to shape the individual that you will become. Being young only lasts for so long.
With saying that, have you come to the realization that the actions you take today will determine your future life? Consequences won't appear just today. They will exist every single day for the rest of your life. Your surroundings in this day and age portray intoxicated information that will make your dreams fade away.
No matter where you are, what you are doing, or what the time of day it is, every single individual of all ages is exposed to publicity about tobacco. Advertisements on radios, magazines, newspapers and motion pictures are only a few ways tobacco companies have exposed their products.
Let us take a little trip back in history. In the early 1900s, only 1 percent of the U.S. population smoked. Cancer and heart disease were health issues that were extremely rare. By the 1950s, almost 50 percent of the U.S. population smoked. The increase in smoking had a lot to do with the different ways tobacco companies advertised their products. Today, heart disease and cancer caused by smoking are ranked as two of the top diseases that causes death in America.
Now, what does that tell you? I'll tell you what it tells me: America has to make a change. We are one as a nation. Killing off what makes us whole is not what we want to be known for in history. These tobacco companies are damaging our future nation. Tobacco companies spend more than $6 billion a year on advertisements targeted toward our younger generation. You were all young once. And while you say, "teens' actions are foolish and they should know better," do you say, "it is our fault for exposing their molding minds to products that lead to failure?"
More than likely, you don't. Not a lot of individuals contain the characteristic of self-reflection, although it is never too late to self-reflect and take a stand for a change.
Member of No Attraction to Drugs and
Alcohol Club at Canajoharie High School