Making the Next Generation Tobacco-free

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Let’s make this a thing of the past…

On January 17th, 2014 the office of the Surgeon General published a report on where the nation has progressed on smoking since the landmark report published 50 years ago.

The 1964 landmark report once and for all provided evidence and statistics that smoking causes premature death.

So we have known the risks of cigarettes for 50-years and you would think by now the major battle has been fought and won!

Unfortunately, the answer is NO!

I’m going to share some of the reports’ highlights with you here and provide links to the main report and summary and guide books. The main report is 978-pages and includes hundreds of pages of scientific analysis, tables and graphs.

The nuggets buried within these can be difficult to extract. But don’t worry, a consumer guide has been produced and I’ll tell you how you can get that later.

But first some highlights and commentary:

  • “Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every 13 children under age 18 – will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report.”
  • “Although youth smoking rates declined by half between 1997 and 2011, each day another 3,200 children under age 18 smoke their first cigarette, and another 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers. Every adult who dies prematurely from smoking is replaced by two youth and young adult smokers.”

This is reason for the pledge of making the next generation tobacco-free.  Kids see adults smoke and it looks cool. It makes them feel good and they can even feel pressure to start by other friends who have taken it up. It makes them different, and as adults we know how important it is to be and act differently to get noticed.

Not smoking around kids is a good idea to avoid them breathing secondhand smoke, but frankly not smoking at all is the surest way to discourage kids even starting. Quitting yourself if you’re a smoker and having frank discussions about the perils with your kids is the best defense against them starting at all.

  • “Over the last 50 years, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking. The new report concludes that cigarette smoking kills nearly half a million Americans a year, with an additional 16 million suffering from smoking-related conditions. It puts the price tag of smoking in this country at more than $289 billion a year in direct medical care and other economic costs.”

The numbers are staggering aren’t they? Second-hand smoke is a contributor to about 2.5 million of these 20 million deaths, which is nonsmokers who died because they breathed secondhand smoke – air that was polluted by other people’s cigarette smoke. Many of these were children exposed to smoke.

  • “Smokers today have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than they did when the first Surgeon General’s report was released in 1964, even though they smoke fewer cigarettes,” said Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H. “How cigarettes are made and the chemicals they contain have changed over the years, and some of those changes may be a factor in higher lung cancer risks. Of all forms of tobacco, cigarettes are the most deadly – and cause medical and financial burdens for millions of Americans.”

Analysis concludes that the tobacco companies have found ways to deliver more nicotine with each puff, either through a more efficient delivery system or altering of the filter length or in some cases both. The net effect is to make cigarettes more addictive quicker, which means kids who try smoking can get “hooked” with fewer cigarettes smoked.

  • “Twenty years ago male smokers were about twice as likely as female smokers to die early from smoking-related disease. The new report finds that women are now dying at rates as high as men from many of these diseases, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart disease. In fact, death from COPD is now greater in women than in men.”

If you’re a parent reading this then you may have thought your son’s were more likely to start smoking but the fact is a shift has been made, and your sweet daughter is as likely to start smoking as your son or the boy next door. The fact is there are no good end results for smoking. Lung cancer kills, and COPD is one heck of a prison to live out your remaining days – it’s painful and a slow death.

What does it all mean?

It means we have many reasons to battle smoking so we can reduce the 5.6 million U.S. children who will die prematurely unless current smoking rates drop. Its war against the tobacco companies and keeping our kids smoke free.

As a parent do everything you can to redirect their individuality to other healthier activates. Have discussions with them – sit down with them but not when angry or at the dinner table. Don’t lecture but dialogue with them. Make sure they have the facts but don’t “push it down their throats.” They are going through a lot as teenagers and trying to find their identity – remember that? Generally, parents are not cool to kids this age but you can still impact them on this important topic.

Now here are the links to the various report documents I promised:

Executive Summary >>>

Full Report – 978 pages >>>

Consumer Booklet – Recommend You Start Here – Great Tips for Helping Keeping Your Kids off Cigarettes >>>

I’m interested in your comments on this review, so please post below. Remember I’m here to help if you’re a smoker and you’re ready to quit. Just call me or email me at contact info below. Share with a friend who smokes if you think they’re ready to quit – you may just help save a life!

Alternatively, consider hypnosis to assist you with kicking the habit of smoking. To learn more about how to kick smoking permanently click here.

Erika Slater, CH
Director
Free At Last Hypnosis

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