It is very strange how tobacco industry survived a powerful campaign conducted by the public health advocates and government to eradicate this dangerous habit. Only one thing is suggested – addiction.
Recently, U.S. Surgeon General published a report, where people can find out more about how addictive tobacco products are and how they have changed over the years.
“Today tobacco products contain more nicotine and deliver it quicker than ever before. All these changes are mostly dangerous to teenagers, whose bodies are more perceptible to nicotine and who are more addicted than adults that can explain why this industry traps about 1,000 new teenagers a day. And why a great number of smokers start to smoke by the time they are 19,”says a consumer brochure published with the report.
Neither knows precisely when changes occurred because people are not informed about the industry’s methods. But this report reveals for the first time a clear picture of how the content of tobacco products has changed within the years.
The chemical composition of nicotine has been changes so it is delivered to the brain quicker and effectively, making people crave for more.
Filter holes and other ventilation methods make it easier to inhale. Sugar and taste boosters lower the burning sensation, thus making cigarette smoke seem pleasant and smoother.
Apparently this report came at the most convenient time. The long-term decrease in teenagers smoking has stopped among younger teenagers, and there is proof that more of them start to resume the habit, according to findings presented by the University of Michigan. Smoking among 10th-graders, which increased in 1996 at 30.4%, had fallen by 2008 to 12.3%. Since that time, it has started to increase insignificantly, constituting this year 13.6%.
It is too awful to see more and more teenagers smoking in spite of many years of public smoking bans, advertisement campaigns targeted at them and tobacco tax increases which make tobacco products too expensive for the majority of young people.
For beginners, states that have escaped the chance to effectively use their share of the multi-billion dollar tobacco settlement fund should recompense it, allocating that money towards programs which would protect children from smoking, help adults kick the habit and prevent fatal diseases. Those states that used money correctly, as Maine and Washington, have achieved substantial advance. But even these states started to back up.
Currently the federal government proposed to use other weapons in this struggle, as health graphic warning labels, but it doesn’t hurry to propose them.
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