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New York’s Kids Have Seen Enough Tobacco

by Bill Sweeney
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This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Warning Our Children About Tobacco

I have some important news to share. Smoking and tobacco products are not healthy options for us. I like to think that most of us know that, but it’s not something that can be assumed. But it’s hard to quit smoking, and it’s better to not start smoking at all! We have already started to speak to our 13 and 11 year olds about it since we feel the issue to be of such importance.

These are just one of the many issues that seems to come up fast and seems to hit you out of nowhere. Whether you are ready for it or not, you have to act because it’s a topic that needs to be addressed early and often. Kids are impressionable and open to trying new things, especially when peer pressure may be involved.

I have a real eye-opening statistic for you. It really blew my mind and just seems like insanity to me. The average age of a new smoker is 13 years old and I just can’t believe this. How can this possibly be? I have another for you…from 2014-2018 e-cigarette use grew 160% among high school students.

This is frightening stuff. The kids seems to think “vaping” is somehow safer, when it’s even worse!! People today, just like in the past, still need to be educated about the dangers of cigarettes…and e-cigarettes!!

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It’s a tough fight! Tobacco companies are spending billions to put their products in front of our kids in stores. And the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking.  “Advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies have been shown to cause the onset and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults**,” this is according to The U.S. Surgeon General.

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Trying for a Tobacco Free New York State

The Tobacco Free New York State Campaign is fantastic and really needed. It’s great because it uses video, social media, digital advertising looking to safeguard of children from tobacco promotions kids see daily. It’s all about the kids, and you can’t beat that.

I love the idea of Tobacco Free New York State because it seems to be hitting a real sweet spot that almost all kids should understand. These creative and thought-provoking images creatively combine cigarettes with common children’s items.

Think crayons, a birthday cake and a crib mobile creatively placed in scenarios intended to encourage awareness and prompt outrage in parents, kids, and the community alike. Decreasing youth tobacco use, motivating adult smokers to quit, and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke are the very definite and important goals of this campaign.

This seems like a lofty goal, but something that’s really admirable and, I think, achievable. It’s an amazing, creative, and comprehensive campaign that we really all can be proud of.

Sign The Petition!

You can learn what they can do to protect children from smoking and tobacco promotions and join more than 15,000 others throughout the state by pledging your support Tobacco Free New York State’s website SeenEnoughTobacco.org.

Make New York a healthier place to live, work and play! I want my kids to live long, happy lives filled with running, biking, and trumpet playing!!

Our kids have seen enough. It’s time to take action and protect kids from being exposed to tobacco products in stores – sign the pledge if you agree with Tobacco Free New York State that kids should grow up without tobacco in their faces!!!!!

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Find Out More

Maybe now is a good time to get more involved with this if you agree with its goals. To find out more about the campaign, please check out:

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**A Report of the Surgeon General “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress” 2014, p. 12, 696, 708: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/reports/50-years-of-progress/full-report.pdf

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New York’s Kids Have Seen Enough Tobacco was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Bill Sweeney

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7 comments

Emman Damian June 7, 2019 - 6:52 AM

Tobacco Free New York State campaign seems like a nice initiative. I hope we see it as a possible project in my city too. Keep it up!

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Chava June 7, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The vaping thing is crazy. The devices themselves look sleek and super high-tech and they come in so many flavors – no wonder they appeal so much to kids. I really wish those would be illegal.

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Brianne June 7, 2019 - 2:35 PM

I’m loving the stance our state is taking on tobacco. I hope that it continues!

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Ronnie June 8, 2019 - 4:02 PM

This is a great initiative! Too many kids are damaging their health out of peer pressure. My mom made us smoke when we were kids so we would discover how utterly disgusting it tastes and feels and never be tempted into it, no matter the peer pressure. It worked wonders – we are 5 and none of us have ever smoked nor wanted to. :p

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Jessica Hughes June 9, 2019 - 8:03 AM

It’s scary to see the “fad” on juuls and e-cigarettes as I don’t think teens take it as seriously. As a parent it’s something I worry about as my kids get older!

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Ntensibe Edgar Michael June 10, 2019 - 4:14 AM

Nnnniiiiccceeeee….there just might be one challenge faced. So many children will ask you for “alternatives” and I hope there’s a number of them available.

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Chad June 10, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Hardest thing I ever did was stop smoking. I hope no kid ever has to go through that.

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