Most adult smokers are aware of the risks related to smoking. There are many commercials and if they are lucky enough to have any type of medical care it is usually address. There are medical professionals who teach about the harm smoking does to the body yet they continue to smoke. It is not always about economic, race, education etc but maybe a choice they made when they were younger. The CDC says “If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today(CDC, 2016)”. I am not saying to stop trying to prevent all ages from smoking but if the focus was on prevention before it starts we may save the young people from smoking. The amount of medical care saved on treating all the damage smoking does to the body would be a relief to all. The best part would be to have healthy young non smokers who would pass it on to future generations. Can we dream?
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