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It is terrifying to see how far tobacco companies will go to in order to make new customers out of our youth and honestly I have seen enough. Did you know that the average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13? Well it is and it’s the reason that I was so adamant to share the Tobacco Free New York State and Seen Enough Tobacco Initiative with everyone that I can as my family and children are everything to me. I am a former smoker who quit smoking not only to ensure my overall health and wellness but most importantly to set the example for my children as I would never want to see them pick up a cigarette…. ever.
It is truly time for us to recognize what tobacco companies have in store for our children as we cannot ignore this any longer. Our kids need us as every day in New York State, the tobacco companies are spending over half a million dollars to market their products and 90% of those funds are geared towards in-store advertising which is crazy to me! Think about it… the bright colors and large advertising are everywhere at the checkout section of our convenience stores with there being rows and rows of cigarettes for our kids to see each and every time they are there.
The more that our kids are exposed to the products and advertising, the more likely they are to become smokers and tobacco companies know this. Tobacco marketing is also known to promote heavily near schools and low-income neighborhoods because they try and take advantage of those most vulnerable which is down right disgusting.
Take a look at this video from the #SeenEnoughTobacco Initiative:
Crazy right? Well it does not stop there as we have a new issue with e-cigarettes as well. Did you know that from 2014 to 2018 e-cigarette sales grew a whopping 160% among high school students?!? My daughter tells me all of the time about all of the kids in her school using e-cigarettes each and every day. Her high school principal has even sent home letters regularly pertaining to e-cigarettes and vaping and they have held meetings with parents discussing this out of control problem as well in recent months.