100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. That is 1/640 of the entire population. I’m sure most of us have easily talked to 640 people in the last year – think of friends, relatives, people at school, shop assistants, and supermarket checkout workers… Can you imagine every year, one of them dying and their cigarette habit being to blame?
I used to associate smoking with middle aged, or older people… Almost all of my grandparents and older family members smoked, and I saw it as quite a generational thing – in their teens (the 40s, 50s and 60s) smoking was highly glamourized and seen as really ‘cool’, and I did not believe this was still the case. As kids in my school year grew older, of course some of them smoked and got into drinking, but it wasn’t until college that a trend begun. No different to other schools I’m sure; we now have a whole ‘gang’ of smokers. They meet up in a large group (sometimes over 30 people), swap cigarettes and also sell them, they often do the same with drugs too. I would say now (Year 11) that almost ½ of my year (360 kids) have tried smoking.
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.