Although many things that kids do can be seen as unwise or unhealthy, there are few things worse than when a teenager smokes. However, many teens smoke regularly, despite the risks and dangers of smoking. This has been an ongoing problem for many years now, and effects many people, even kids in our own school. Many kids will go into the restroom and smoke cigarettes, then exit, leaving the nauseating stench of cigarette smoke in the air for anybody that comes into the bathroom afterwards. This activity has continued despite the installation of smoke detectors. I feel that stronger steps need to be taken to ensure that kids who smoke receive a stronger understanding of the risks involved with smoking, programs should be set up to help teenagers quit smoking, and more effort should be put into keeping the school bathrooms clean and smoke-free.
Even though many kids do smoke, few understand the real risks and dangers of their actions. Sure, we’ve all been through elementary school D.A.R.E programs and health class, but these are just facts and numbers telling you about what smoking might do to you. What is needed is a much deeper, more real experience in which the student learns about the great possibilities that they will get sick, and hear from survivors of these diseases, and hear about those who did not survive. This kind of curriculum would send a deeper message in which kids would actually feel what these people went through, and realize that they do not want the same thing to happen to them.
Smoking on School Grounds By Thomas John Marigliano Our high school administrative board has been trying to decide weather smoking on school grounds should be restricted. New York State regulates smoking in all public places except for schools. We have been educating students for many years about the dangers of smoking, so why do we still allow students to smoke on school grounds. With this debate ...
After the students recognize that their actions do not do them any good, they will want to quit, but will not be able to because they have become addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. To help these teens, programs should be set up in the school in which students can anonymously get help in dropping their habits. The program should offer information with tips to help people quit smoking, and if necessary, additional aids such as nicotine gums or patches. If these programs do not work, then obviously the student has a very serious problem, and should anonymously be admitted to a doctor for further treatment. If students have the will to quit, and the school helps to provide a way, than the amount of students in the school who smoke will reduce drastically.
In addition to affecting the smoker’s health, cigarettes can hurt the people who use the bathrooms during or after the smoker is in there. Through second-hand smoke, kids who do not smoke can also eventually acquire the same problems as the smoker. Even if the kids do not develop these problems, it is still a very unpleasant smell which cigarettes leave behind. In order to prevent these problems, the school must make an effort to prevent students from smoking in the bathrooms in the first place. Staff members must be stationed outside each bathroom and regularly check inside the bathrooms to see if anyone is smoking. If smoking is prevented inside the bathrooms, than they will become cleaner and safer for everyone who uses them.
In conclusion, drastic steps need to be taken to prevent underage smoking. If these steps are taken, not only will the school become cleaner and safer for kids who do not smoke, but kids who do smoke will realize that smoking is not a wise choice and will harm you. However, kids can not always stop smoking on their own, which is why the school needs to help out with programs that aid teenagers in their fight to quit smoking. If there was no underage smoking, we would not have these problems. But since the problem exists, we need to fight it and help the kids that can not help themselves.
The problem is that middle school students in Texas do not practice leisure reading creating a deficit in their reading skills as measured by the National Center for Education Statistics. Texas students showed an upsetting lack of improvement in reading on the Nation’s Report Card. In 2011, the average score of eighth-grade students in Texas was 261. This was lower than the average score of 264 ...