Can someone help me with discussing methods of deterring teenagers from starting to smoke as well as some successful strategies?
Studies suggest that there is considerable evidence that shows teenage smoking is related to pressures to succeed and/or to cope. For instance, social interaction and academic pursuits may influence smoking behavior. Other studies point to the fact that teenagers do not fear the negative consequences of future diseases that are related to smoking, and continue to smoke (Holman, Barrett-Conner, & Holman, 2000). For instance, the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE, as cited in Holman et al., 2000) reports that the onset of cigarette smoking occurs primarily among adolescents (13-14 years of age). The report highlights long-term health consequences that include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and pulmonary diseases are of great public health significance. According to Tennisen (2002), the pandemic of smoking include both long and short-term consequences such as respiratory and non-respiratory effects, addiction to nicotine, and the risk of other drug use (p, 148). Further, he adds that long-term health consequences of youth smoking is reinforced as most young people who begin smoking continue well into adulthood. However, the research also shows several strategies that can be used to prevent the high rate of smoking among teenagers.
This solution discusses methods to prevent teenage smoking