Research shows that the greater the number of cigarettes, and years, that a person smokes, the higher their risk of developing a number of life threatening diseases and smoking related cancers. As well, smoking kills half its regular users.
Combine these risks with research that shows most adult smokers began smoking whilst in their teenage years and most wish they had never started, and we can see why it is important that we empower our young people to learn the facts so they can choose to be Smarter than Smoking.
Give Me the Facts!
Smarter than Smoking Fact Sheets (available below) provide a wealth of information for young people and adults alike including:
- the impact of secondhand smoke
- how tobacco affects the environment (both physical and social),
- effects of smoking on the body and being active,
- tobacco and law in Western Australia
- how tobacco companies use the media to make smoking seem appealing.
The final point is very important, especially as the US Surgeon General has confirmed that children and young people who are regularly exposed to images of smoking in movies are twice as likely to begin smoking as those who are not.
The fact sheets can be used with upper primary students and may also be used to support learning in this area and support curriculum-based activities. This information also complements the other Tobacco Resources in the sections: For Schools and For Parents.
Facts about smoking: focuses on smoking prevalence and the financial costs associated with smoking
The effects of smoking on being active: the impact of smoking on fitness and being active
What’s in a cigarette and how does it affect me? the chemicals and poisons found in cigarettes and how they affect the human body and the environment
Secondhand smoke: focuses on harms caused by secondhand (passive) smoking and ways to protect each ourselves from second hand smoke
Smoking and the Media: looks at the use of product placement in movies to promote cigarettes
Tobacco and the Environment: When people smoke they not only damage their own health, they also damage the environment.
Tobacco and the Law in Australia: provides information on some of the laws from the Tobacco Control Act 2006.
Still Have Questions?
If you can’t find answers to all your questions within the Smarter than Smoking website, please visit some of the many tobacco control partners.