Teens are smart enough to know the dangers; what really matters is: do they have enough confidence to avoid starting with this activity?
Smoking and Health Concerns
Whatever anyone claims in support of smoking tobacco, almost no one questions that smoking is a menacing habit. It is cause of the development of numerous categories of health hazards. Physicians routinely caution their patients about smoking, and advise them to stop this bad habit immediately. Of course smoking is injurious to health. Patients already suffering from an imbalance in blood sugar or from hypertension or cardiac problem may be seriously threatening their lives unless they quit smoking. Everybody recognizes the medically established links between smoking and cancer fatalities.
Smoking and the Environment
Contribution of smokers to the pollution of the environment is worth-mentioning. Millions of smokers exhale chemical smoke all over the world, perhaps unwitting to the damage they have been doing to the atmosphere for years. The U.S. Surgeon General, the EPA, and the IARC have declared that smoking regular cigarettes can cause lung damage such as cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema not only to the smoker, but, through second hand smoke, to others around the smoker whom are exposed.
Smoking Cessation Initiatives
In any case, smoking must be stopped. Facts containing ruinous effect of smoking should reach to the smokers everyday. They must be informed of different case histories of the people who have had to suffer greatly for smoking.
All out efforts should be implemented in campaigns against smoking. Non-government organizations, environmental activists, and government resources must be employed to effectuate changes. Offline and online media must incessantly campaign against smoking. Governments should take stringent measures against the cigarette manufacturing companies under the supervision of United Nations Organization. Governments have the power to discourage their populations from smoking. Smokers can be financially inconvenienced [taxation] if they do not attempt to quit smoking.
It is believed that smokers will leave this habit gradually. This means that they will be allowed to continue smoking for a long time into the future. This approach is guaranteed to fail, since the effect of nicotine will remain with them.
Deciding to Quit Smoking
Smokers must decide that they will stop smoking and only then will they quit. An ample amount of self motivation will be involved. Friends and well-wishers can help in developing their confidence so that they are more likely to take the serious decision on their own. The smokers will be required to make the decision that they are just going to quit this insidious habit for good.