Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

The dangers of smoking among youth

- Mohamed Saeed

The increased use of e-cigarettes, vape pens and tobacco products by teenagers and young adults is a matter of great concern to all schools and learning institutio­ns.

Schools and parents/guardians need to engage with the youth about the dangerous impact of using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, vaping is not harmless, as there is still a risk of being exposed to other harmful chemicals, including nicotine. The harmful effects and risks of nicotine and dangers of addiction and second-hand smoke are well known.

Children and young people are more likely to view smoking and vaping as socially acceptable when they regularly see people, especially their parents doing it. Parents are humbly requested to avoid the role modelling of smoking, vaping, vulgarity, abusive and rude behaviours around their bright and lovely impression­able children and young people.

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