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Hilton student speaks out against young smoking

teen smokingWe don’t have to wait until pigs fly to stop teen smoking. There are too many teens that smoke. You will learn about where teens get cigarettes, some reasons teens smoke, and if their parents influence them and how.
There are a lot of different ways teens can get cigarettes. Friends and family can give teens cigarettes. Most teens that smoke might buy cigarettes from friends and strangers. Teens can find a cigarette box with two or three cigarettes on the bus or on a street and even in a park. Cigarette boxes are everywhere.
Teens have different reasons why they smoke. Losing weight is a big reason teens smoke. Teens that smoke to lose weight are mostly girls. Lots of teens think smoking makes them look mature. A good amount of teens think rebellion is cool because they don’t feel like they are being controlled. Rebellion is not something to be proud of.

Lots of parents all around the country influence kids to smoke in different ways. Some parents will let them smoke once or twice under the age of twelve. Parents can influence teens by smoking around them, and the problem is that kids look up to their parents. Kids that look up to their parents try to be like their parents. Parents are a big cause of teen smoking. Some parents will give their child a cigarette, if their kid asks for one.

You have just learned about where teens get cigarettes, some reasons teens smoke, and if parents influence them and how. Teen smoking can affect other people. We can stop teen smoking if you help.

From democratandchronicle.com, June 23rd, 2010

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