Local high schools and youth organizations are collaborating to raise awarness about the dangers of outdoor secondhand smoke and Big Tobacco's placement of tobacco products in youth-rated media. Please check out their editorials and YouTube videos:
Have you ever stood on the side walk and smelled something funny? What smell is this, is someone smoking right next to you? It’s SECONDHAND SMOKE!!!!! This happens everywhere. It is what happened to me when I was little.
Secondhand smoke is bad for you. It’s not good for you because the air is not clear. The person next to you is giving you secondhand smoke. How is this bad? Did you know breathing secondhand smoke damages your heart and lungs, which increases the risk of heart disease by 25 to 30 percent?
When I was about 8 years old my dad, grandmas, and grand dad smoked. When I was outside my dad would smoke. Then when I was at my grandparents’ house they would smoke in the house. Smoking was already in my life, the smell didn’t get to me. I liked the smell.
Because of that, I grew up smoking myself, but it changed my life badly. I wanted to play sports, but I couldn’t really breathe. I felt like my stomach was on fire and I couldn’t catch my breath. I thought about not listening to my mom and some people would talk to me about smoking but I didn’t listen because I was hardheaded. It took me a while to get my lungs back. Then I felt like smoking again. I couldn’t stop smoking.
Now I don’t think about smoking cause smoking is not an option when you’re at my age. That is how secondhand smoke got to me. Don’t let it get to you.
You see your favorite actor smoking; you think it's cool
don't you? If you did, then you thought
wrong! Smoking may seem cool in the movies but let me tell you the truth.
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