I drove by my son’s high school and saw at least 4 different groups of kids were smoking. I do not know what they were smoking but I was shocked enough to stop and call the high school. The person who answered the phone said it is OK for kids to smoke as far as outside of the school property. I frequently saw the kids smoking behind the school hidden by bushes but not in front! I was further shocked and posted the comment on Facebook. I got several people commented that they used to be able to smoke at the designated area in their high schools.
One of my Japanese friend commented that she was shocked as well that American kids can smoke openly in front of the school and used to be able to smoke in the schools. Yes, Japanese sell cigarets in the vending machines in Japan. Until recently kids were able to buy the cigarets if they wanted. Now the vending machines ask you to show your ID! However interestingly Japanese kids used not to smoke as much. Maybe the easy access to cigarets discouraged teens to smoke. If you don’t have to challenge the authority, why we break the law?
I grew up at the home that smoking was not allowed. My father used to demand his coworkers to quite smoking. I do not like a smell of cigarets and my grandfather died from lung cancer. I hated working at the office where people smoked. My throat was irritated by second hand smoke. So I love that nobody is allowed to smoke at the restaurants here. I thought Americans are health conscious and fewer and fewer people smoke. Nobody smokes in TV shows and no cigarets advertisement is allowed any more. You only see the nicotine medication advertisement on T.V. HOWEVER, it is OK to kids to smoke according to the school? Or it is not their responsibility as far as kids smoke outside of the school and kids have rights to smoke? I am not sure if all kids are 18 year old either…
When I used to work for Drug/alcohol treatment center in Brooklyn, NY , my clients used to say cigarets is one of hardest substance to quit. While our first lady advocate for healthy eating, her husband still seems to smoke.