Smoking danger

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I am writing to express my appreciation for the Feb. 11 editorial “Smoking’s Glamour: To Make Teens Quit, the FDA Shows the Dark Side.” As a high school student, I recognize the importance for awareness of this topic.

Growing up, kids are taught the negative side of smoking but never believe anything bad can actually happen to them. The article makes a point by saying that teenagers feel invincible; they feel they can get away with anything. This may also be the reason behind teenagers driving recklessly, using illegal drugs and participating in other dangerous activities.

More awareness of the harmful outcomes of smoking will better inform teenagers and even could influence their decision the next time they consider lighting a cigarette. It can also help teenagers realize the value of their lives and understand the consequences of their actions.

I believe any effort to educate someone on this subject is worthwhile.

RACHEL POPELKA
McCandless


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