Jaime Ray: Cigarettes are killers; we need to do something

02/13/2014 6:43 PM

02/13/2014 8:45 PM

Smoking causes one in five U.S. deaths every year.

Smoking needs to be known as a much bigger threat than it is right now. Each day, more than 3,600 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and more than 900 begin smoking on a daily basis. Approximately 18 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes.

Smoking can cause heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and lung disease and diabetes. Worldwide, tobacco causes more than 5 million deaths per year. Secondhand smoke can be worse than smoking a cigarette yourself. Children are the ones most at risk for anything and everything bad about smoking.

People are aware of how bad cigarettes are for their health, but not many people care enough to do anything about it. Tobacco products are a real issue.

We need a way to fix this problem as quickly as possible.


Leadership Academy student, age 17


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