For all the studies done on cancer and smoking, why are cancer-smoking studies done to evaluate the risk of smoking on cancers, especially lung cancer in teens and children. The “good effect-bad effect” news clearly doesn’t stop children and teens from smoking and other risky behaviors, so why not clinical research? The clinical research on children and teens who have smoked long or short term may also deter more adults from taking up the deadly habit along with quitting.
Cigarette pack warnings have little effect on kids or adults
The benefits of positive change, that is healthy talk about positive health choices and the detrimental effects of smoking on health, have done a world of good to lower the numbers of those who smoke and to bring about not smoking in public regulations. Children and teen have heard of what may happen as they get older but they don’t know the short term effects of smoking and neither do the adults.
Some kids begin smoking as young as seven, eight or nine years old
A child who begins smoking by the age of seven, by the time the reach the legal drinking age of 21, that’s 14 years of smoking under their belt. For any one smoking fourteen years is a long time to be smoking.
What’s more how many of the parents of early start smokers are aware or care that their children are smoking
Depending on the quality of home life, most parents/guardians would not subject their children to such tests because they would try to make the child stop smoking. But nicotine is an addictive substance and to stop smoking because your parents say to may not be possible. If the child has been able to get cigarettes all along inside the home, or outside the home, most likely they will still be able to get them and do them in secret.
Children in a juvenile detention, foster or group homes
For homes with the quality of life where the parents/guardian is not able to take care of the child like they need to do to illness, or addiction, irresponsibility or just thinking it’s Okay or what is the big deal about smoking anyway, would they be willing to allow the child or teen be involved in clinical testing?
Either way for kids under the age of consent permission is needed and the studies are indeed necessary. How else are studies done for children’s illnesses or disease or the treatments?
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