Here are three “Rules of Thumb” to consider in light of the upcoming Great American Smokeout:
(1) Someone who is not a smoker when they turn 18 will probably never become a lifetime smoker;
(2) No one starts smoking for the nicotine; and,
(3) The easiest way to quit smoking is to never start.
American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an annual event — this year
is the 37th — widely recognized as a prompt to individuals who smoke or use
smokeless tobacco to refrain for at least one day, and make a plan to quit for
good. As those who have done it one or more times will report, quitting tobacco
is not easy. Taking some time to make a personal quit plan is an important step
toward being successful. Learn about medications, identify triggers, and
practice being a non-smoker or chewer well in advance of a predetermined quit
tobacco cessation is a large part of the Great American Smokeout event, there is
really a much broader reach, and that’s where the Rules of Thumb come into play.
Ninety percent of adult smokers started smoking before age 18, and it’s a good
bet that for many of those middle and high schoolers, smoking was a social
choice — a way to fit in, join a group, emulate a celebrity, or just get a head
start on what appeared to be ‘normal’ adult behaviors. Much of building this
‘social norm’ was, and still is fueled by tobacco industry marketing.
driven choices and peer pressures are not likely to fade away; it is part of the
growing up process for all of us. That’s why it is so important for teachers,
parents, and caregivers to support the cultural norms change around tobacco and
most visible changes are the smoke-free outdoor areas now in place in
Healthy habits start early in life, and growing minds often end up following what they see in “the field” over what they read in a book. Paying attention to health and wellness has the potential to shape lives both now and into the next generations.
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