Tobacco-Free YouthEach year on May 31 the World Health Organization sponsors World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This year's theme is Tobacco-Free Youth. According to the World Health Organization's WNTD website:
"Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. It is the only legal consumer product that kills one third to one half of those who use it as intended by its manufacturers, with its victims dying on average 15 years prematurely.
Approximately 1.8 billion young people (aged 10-24) live in our world today with more than 85% found in developing countries. Having survived the vulnerable childhood period, these young people are generally healthy.
However, as the tobacco industry intensifies its efforts to hook new, young and potentially life-long tobacco users, the health of a significant percentage of the world's youth is seriously threatened by their deadly products.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance and child and adolescent experimentation can easily lead to a lifetime of tobacco dependence."
The World Health Organization is calling for a world-wide, total ban on all tobacco product advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
What are your thoughts on how best to insulate and protect youth? I'm preparing a 2006 WNTD WhyQuit article that will hopefully be released by Monday, May 26. I'd very much like to include quotes and comments from as many of you as possible, as to your thoughts on how best to protect young innocent minds from experimenting and getting hooked.
Please remain mindful of Freedom's "No Debate Policy." You can either share your thoughts here or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include a first name by which we can refer to you and your country, state, province or place of residence.
Also, if any of you would like to author your own WNTD article I'd be delighted to consider releasing it as a WhyQuit editoral or news article, which would cause it to appear in Google News search results.
Still just one rule ... no nicotine today!
John (Gold x9)