Problem Solution Teen Smoking Essay


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Problem Solution Teen Smoking Essay

  1. 1. Teen Smoking By: Kate Phillips Lately a problem has occurred with teen smoking. The number of teens who smoke has dramatically risen over the past years. This is a problem because smoking causes big health risks that lead to problems and diseases that can kill you. Teens are mainly smoking when there is no supervision. It usually occurs in the parks, under bridges, and in town away from their parents. They are usually doing it because of peer pressure and they think it is cool. Those are the reasons why smoking is bad, and why, when and where their doing it. One of my solutions to stop smoking is by educating the teens and their parents. Schools could have after school classes that tell the hazards of smoking. In the classes they could talk about is how bad smoking is to your health. They could also show the parents some visuals showing how smoking ages your skin and yellows your teeth. In the classes they could also show or tell the parents what will happen to their kids if they do not stop smoking. This would hopefully convince them to stop buying cigarettes for their kids. It would also be important to teach both the students and parents about the health risks/ problems and diseases smoking can cause such as cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Finally you could have motivational speakers come in and talk to the parents and teens. They could talk to the families about alternatives to smoking and share their experiences. That would be my first step to end teen smoking. My second solution on how to stop smoking is by stopping the media that supports smoking. First, we could stop magazine ads. I think stopping magazine ads would be a good idea because teens are always reading magazines and seeing the pictures in them. If you do not have the ads in print, the “glamour” of smoking would be lessened. Next, we could get rid of clothing that promotes cigarettes or smoking. It would be a good idea because teens are always having to deal with peer pressure. So, if it is not on the market or in stores, teens will not think of it as being “cool”. Lastly, we could stop advertising smoking on television and in movies. One reason why, you should stop having actors/actresses advertise smoking because teens look up to them and want to be like them. Also, kids and teens are always watching television and movies. That would be my second step in stopping teen smoking. If I was having to begin today with stopping smoking by teenagers I would begin by stopping the media that supports smoking. One reason why I think this is the best idea is because teens or kids are always seeing these
  2. 2. advertisements. If teens or kids are not seeing the advertisements they want think it is so “cool”. If famous or rich people are seen smoking in advertisements, teens are likely to think that smoking is part of that lifestyle. Because teens look up to these people, they think if they smoke they will be cool like the actors/ actresses who do. You always see the big billboards with the flashy pictures of the people with cigarettes in their hands or hanging out of their mouths. Also you always see the big company names displayed all over the gas stations and in many other places such as Camel, Marlboro, Pall Mall, Coral, and Winston who are always saying smoking will make you feel good about yourself and it will make you cool. Actually, it does the opposite. The media does not show pictures of the health issues that smoking causes. That is why I think getting rid of the media is the best solution to the problem. Something can be done. Action can be taken to start to solve this problem. First, everybody needs to go out and talk to the companies and convince them to take down any pictures with cigarettes and signs of the company’s names that promote smoking. You can also talk to those people who help make the laws for our state and country. Secondly, we need to talk to the companies to end clothing lines that have pictures or words on them that promote smoking and ban television and movies that have any type of smoking or cigarettes in them. Those are the ways that I think we could solve this problem so we can put an end to teen smoking.