This post was sponsored by Tobacco Free New York State as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As a mom of two young kids, one thing I am very concerned about is tobacco and cigarettes. They see them everywhere and my husband and I have been trying our hardest to teach them about how unhealthy they are. We even sometimes over exaggerate with words like “ew” and “gross” when we are near someone smoking. That might seem a tad rude to the smoker, but it seems to be helping out daughters associate negative feelings with cigarettes. I mean, did you know the average age of a new smoker in New York is 13?! 13!! That is awful, if you ask me.
Taking this all in to consideration, I was very pleased to hear about the Seen Enough Tobacco Campaign that Tobacco Free New York has launched because kids really have seen enough. I know mine sure have!
The tobacco industry spends an insane amount of money just trying to get our children to pick up cigarettes or chewing tobacco. I bet the number would shock you – it is over a half a million dollars. All of that spent to market its products, 90% of which is in store marketing. Cigarettes are placed behind counters, sure, but kids can still see them. They have brightly colored packaging and eye catching ads – there is no way kids will miss them.
My husband and I shouldn’t have to spend our time explaining the dangers of tobacco use to our young daughters, but we do. They see cigarettes and chewing tobacco everywhere, and they don’t know naturally that is just is not OK. We can only hope they listen to us over big tobacco.
Enough Is Enough
Tobacco use leads to many health problems. As parents, we need to make sure we explain this to our children. But, like I said, we shouldn’t have to. It’s time to protect them and put an end to youth smoking and other tobacco use! That’s the message Tobacco Free New York State is working hard to communicate to millions regionally and statewide with its “Seen Enough Tobacco” campaign. Stand with me in telling big tobacco how we feel about what they are showing our young generation.
Join me in telling Big Tobacco that our kids have seen enough by signing this petition!
About Tobacco Free New York State
The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds Tobacco Free New York State to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke.
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