Greetings D2F Family and Friends!!
We could possibly see major change as it relates to freedoms for young-adults. Chicago Alderman, George Cardenas, is in favor of banning cigarettes sales to individuals under the age of 21 in order to help lower the rates of teen smokers. Many critics of the recommendation don’t understand how you can be drafted to fight in a war at age 18 but do not have the freedom to drink or smoke….It’s legal to be a trained killer in battle but illegal for me to smoke, GO FIGURE!. Supporters suggest that raising the legal age will benefit teen health and wellness and in the long-run lower health care cost. I’ll present some facts about smoking and let you decide where you stand on the issue. Please answer the poll and share.
- About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness that’s caused by smoking.
- For every person that dies from a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
- The CDC estimates that adult male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose 14.5 years of life because of smoking
- Every day over 3,800 teens, 18 and younger, smoke their first cigarette. While, 1,000 teens start smoking on a daily basis.
- A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
Excellent blog!! Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general. Choose Life!!
Thanks for commenting Lori!
I can’t honestly answer the poll. I completely agree that we are being completely hypocritical with our youth by sending them to war at 18 by not allowing them to drink or smoke until later. It is hugely disrespectful. However, neuroscience supports the concept that they are more susceptible to addiction due to risk taking behaviors until their early twenties. I think we should raise the age limit for being sent to war!
I agree. I wish there was an option for smoking to be banned but because it has been so profitable for America it is very unlikely that smoking will be altogether banned. Capitalism rules over health in America…sad but true. Thanks for your comment!