Smoking Rates among Teenagers are at Their Lowest Level

Cigarette sales to young people constitute the lowest level since New Hampshire started its annual surveys.
According to a recent survey, sales to teenagers fell to 8.6 % in 2010, down from 14% last year.

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“This is good news for New Hampshire teenagers and their parents,” declared Joseph Harding, director of the state Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. It is very known that if children use tobacco it affects their development and raises their risk of consuming alcohol and various drugs.

These findings demonstrate what can be achieved by creating partnerships that resolve issues affecting the health of our people,” he stated.

“I do not know why it happens, maybe because the legal age is 18 now or they have listened to the health care professionals, but I observed the drop in the number of smoking teens,” stated, Mary Ellen McGorry, principal of Manchester High School.

She underlined that school proposes various programs to help students, as for example Kicking Butts.

Tobacco consumption is also included in the health curriculum. I suppose that part of it is education and the price is also a big part of it. Tobacco products price has increased significantly,” she said.

Students of a local school said that they were amazed by the results.

Megan Rayno, 18, said that approximately a half of her friends smoke regularly. “Everyone I know smokes,” she said.

“Half of the children in our school use tobacco products,” stated Ben Brien, 17, of Allenstown school.

“In fact someone asked me today if I smoke and he was surprised when I answered no,” said Aeven Kenney, 18, of Pembroke school.

Teenagers in Epping had a similar sentiment about minor smokers.

“I suppose that is has been increasing. I know a lot of people who smoke this year but didn’t smoke last year,” stated Epping High School student Natalia Dore, 15.

One thing Epping students observed is that if teenagers are smoking, they are not lightning up on schoolyards.

Michael Milford, 14, stated that there are some places around the town, as for instance cross-country road, a place behind the town hall and simply out of school, where teenagers mess around after school, but he hasn’t seen them smoking near school.

Sergeant John Atkinson said that he thinks that smoking among teenagers may be on rise if tacking into account everything he is seeing and hearing from local youth.

“However, I believe that fewer teens are smoking today in comparison to those times when I was a teenager,” John said.

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