Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey made in 2011 reveals that 14% of Michigan youth smoke cigarettes while 7.6% use smokeless tobacco. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids claims that each year 15,200 young people trart smoking cigarettes in Michigan and 930,000 children today in Michigan will become smokers.
Though there was achieved a significant progress in protecting young people from negative effects of tobacco, still there is a long way to go because too many kids are still using tobacco and are being exposed to the health harms from secondhand smoke exposure. The good news is that there are many ways that can help to prevent tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure among children. These days tobacco industry spends $8.8 billion each year to market their products. Many tobacco products reach young people.
Lakeview School districts and Battle Creek Public have shops that sell hookah, e-cigarettes and snus within 1,000 feet of a school. Michigan funds only $1.8 million each year for tobacco prevention programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests Michigan to spend $121 million each year on tobacco prevention programs. The CDC says that is very important to implement an efficient policy that reduces youth tobacco use and prevents young people from becoming tobacco consumers.
Thus they suggested to introduce smoke-free policies which prohibit smoking in campus and at all school related events, smoke-free home rules and increase the price of tobacco through increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. In 7 county school districts there was introduced a 24/7 tobacco-free policy, meaning that tobacco use is banned on campus all the time and at any events that occur off campus.
Parents can take action to help their children to stay away from smoking by providing a tobacco-free example and by talking with their children about tobacco.
The next tips will help you prevent your child from smoking:
• talk early and often;
• share the facts;
• be honest, direct, and open;
• set a good example;
• use everyday opportunities to talk and listen;
• help youth learn to say “no”;
• make it a two-way conversation;
• set clear rules.
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