To the Editor:
Tobacco use is the number ONE cause of PREVENTABLE death in the United States and around the world.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, more than 2.8 millions kids under the age of 18 are current tobacco users. Adolescents are more susceptible to cigarette marketing than adults. 81.3 percent of youth smokers (12-17) prefer Marlboro, Camel, and Newport, three heavily advertised brands. A Journal of the National Caner Institute study found that teens were more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure.
Nearly one-third of all youth smokers will inevitably due prematurely from smoking-caused disease. In the United States, tobacco use is estimated to kill about 443,000 people per year which is more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, suicides and fires combined.
We need to address the impact tobacco marketing has on our youth and preventing them from becoming another generation of smokers.
Visit www.tobaccofreenys.com and www.tobaccofreekids.org for more information.
Crystal M. Gropper, SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing Student