When you look at what’s happening with tobacco promotions and children, it’s pretty shocking. I wanted to help Tobacco Free New York State with their campaign to help protect our kids from tobacco promotions.
Here are a few alarming stats:
- The average age of a new smoker is 13 years old
- 90% of adult smokers say they first tried smoking by age 18
- The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars on promotions, in places where children can see them.
- More than 92% of high school students reported awareness of pro-tobacco marketing in 2014
- 5.6 million children under the age of 18 who are alive today will die prematurely as a result of smoking, including 280,000 children in New York State alone
“Tobacco industry marketing has appealed to youth for decades, with billions of dollars spent on bright, bold, strategically placed promotions,” said Michael Seilback from the American Lung Association of the Northeast.
“These promotions catch the attention of children and encourage them to use dangerous and addictive tobacco products. Whether you’re a parent or not, smoker or non-smoker, we can all agree that the influence of tobacco promotions on some of society’s most impressionable and vulnerable members is outrageous. It’s our responsibility as a community to protect our children from tobacco promotions and put an end to this pediatric epidemic.”
Did you know: stores located near schools contain nearly 3 times the amount of tobacco promotions? And the more kids see tobacco, the more likely they are to start smoking.
Sign the pledge if you agree with Tobacco Free New York State that it’s time to draw the line and take action to get tobacco out of our neighborhoods. #SeenEnoughTobacco