Tobacco Use In Adolescents: A Case Study

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Tobacco use is a major public health problem in the United States. In the United States, tobacco use is the single leading preventable cause of death, accounting for approximately 400,000 deaths each year (WHO, 2008). In order to decrease the rate of deaths caused by Tobacco use is the keeping the youth from ever starting. This paper seeks to explore how educating youth about the risks of tobacco use can decrease the rate of deaths in the next decade. Tobacco use seems to be more common among low socioeconomic adolescents who have less knowledge about the dangerous facts of all nicotine induced products. Tobacco use among youth are dangerous because it stops lungs to grow. Therefore, it will increase the risk of getting chronic bronchitis and …show more content…
Tobacco Industry is one of the influences on the use of tobacco products among youth. Unfortunately, every year tobacco industry’s marketing strategies focus on mostly youth. They mostly want to influence youth using attractive advertises. They create and package tobacco products in ways that appeal to teens. Developing fruit and candy flavored smokeless tobacco products to attract youth (CDC, 2014). Snus, is a moist powder tobacco product which is packed in a pouch which looks like a tea bag to help youth to carry them to any tobacco free environment. Currently, e-cigarettes are manufactured by tobacco companies and their nicotine delivery is the same as cigarette smoke (CDC, 2014). According to a study from University of California states that e-cigarettes exposure with nicotine or without nicotine can lead to cell death and cytotoxic to epithelial cell lines. Using of e-cigarettes increases the risk of DNA damage as well. CDC has mentioned that use of hookahs are becoming popular among teenagers. Mostly adoption of Hookah is famous among Middle Eastern and South Asian teenagers due to their cultural background. In 1994, the Report of the Surgeon General included that more availability of the tobacco products influence youth to experience nicotine induced products. In addition, Lack of resources and education are the other environmental factors related to teen tobacco use. Parent engagement …show more content…
Dropout school students or low socioeconomic status students have less access to the resources therefore they have less knowledge about the risk factors related to tobacco use. During puberty, high school students are more likely to be curious to use tobacco products. At that time their attitudes plays a vital role to become future nicotine addictive. Some teens want to use tobacco products for fun but end up using it more and more which leads to the addiction. Since interpersonal is the circle of all tobacco products influence, it is better to aim on youth and encourage them to quit or not to use tobacco products even just for fun. In order to that interpersonal which includes family, friends and coworkers need to be more supportive. Majority of the teenagers use tobacco due to peer pressure. Therefore, family needs to participate in school programs and need to have an eye on their children 's peers. They need to understand that puberty stage and hormonal changes can influence youth to become curious toward tobacco products. Becoming more understanding and supportive can make the parents to encourage teens more easily. Institutional level is the most important factor toward youth because teenagers spend one third of their life in school. If school doesn 't teach students about the risky behaviors about tobacco use and all the diseases can occur due to smoking, teens won 't have enough resources

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