We address some of the most important issues facing our children and teenagers at this time. These include bullying, smoking, substance abuse and low self-esteem. Parents, teachers and communities across the country are concerned with these issues, which are caused by a number of social, cultural, technological, communal, economic, familial, and individual factors.
Issues Affecting Kids
“How well do you know tobacco?”
Otherwise known as a 'gateway' drug; seemingly harmless and readily available, tobacco smoke has been a proven cause of many serious health issues including cancer and respiratory complications.1. Smoking is not a drug problem. MYTH 2. Tobacco comes from plants of the NICOTIANA genus which grows in mild climates. FACT 3. Three ingredients in tobacco smoke that cause smoking related disease are NICOTINE, TAR, and CARBON MONOXIDE. FACT 4. Because tobacco smoke is inhaled, the only major body organs affected by it are the lungs. MYTH 5. Tobacco use usually begins in adolescence. 70% of adult smokers started smoking by age 18. FACT 6. A person who quits smoking suffers physical and psychological withdrawal. FACT 7. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine and 40 times more deadly. FACT 8. Lung cancer is the only serious disease associated with tobacco use. MYTH 9. People can and do start smoking at any time of life. MYTH 10. Many chemical components of tobacco are passed through the bloodstream which is then carried through the whole body. FACT 11. Nicotine is a powerful drug containing both stimulant and depressant properties. FACT 12. Nicotine causes physical and psychological dependency. FACT 13. Tobacco use is a rite of passage to adulthood. MYTH 14. Successful and attractive people use tobacco. MYTH 15. High doses of nicotine = nicotine poisoning. FACT 16. Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms occur hours after the smoker stops. FACT 17. Tobacco use is normal. MYTH 18. Almost three-quarters of young people aged 10 to 19 stated that people their age started smoking because their friends smoked. FACT 19. Each day, 3,000 teens start smoking. FACT 20. Three major diseases associated with smoking are 1) lung cancer, 2)heart disease and 3) emphysema. FACT 21. Tobacco is safe and healthful. MYTH 22. 3040% of deaths related to the heart and circulatory system are attributed to tobacco use. FACT 23. Tobacco is relaxing and stress relieving in social situations. MYTH 24. Once one is addicted to nicotine, there is no point in quitting. MYTH 25. Other diseases related to smoking: a) breast cancer b) low weigh births of babies c) asthma d) chronic bronchitis e) poor hand and feet circulation FACT 26. Life expectancy of heavy smokers is 8 years less than nonsmokers on the average. FACT 27. Most new smokers are adolescents. FACT 28.Tobacco companies spend $3 billion dollars in North America advertising and promoting smoking. FACT 29. When a person stops smoking it takes 10 to 15 years for the death rate of heart attacks to approximate that of a nonsmoker. FACT