Suicide in slow motion. According to WHO, 2007 in every Filipino teenagers age 13 to 15 were already smokers despite the existence of RA 9211. Teenagers usually start with a single cigarette or a can of beer, due to peer pressure, to prove himself or to give the impression of being "cool". This however turns into a habit and soon the teen is addicted. Smoking has a lot of risks especially regarding health issues. Lung cancer, heart problems and bronchitis are just some of the effects of smoking in our bodies.
The life expectancy of the smoker is cut short by 10- 12 years and more than half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases. The younger the onset of smoking the longer one will most likely smoke and younger one is more likely to die. Smoking is a slow killer, not just to the smoker but to those also around him as they are affected by second- hand smoke. See what smoking causes? It doesn’t just affect your health, it also affects other people’s health and not just that, it also contributes to pollution.
Smoking is another rampant problem in the society nowadays. Teens learn how to smoke without their parents consent. Causes of this vice are just like the cause of drinking alcohol namely, influence of other teens and lack of parental guidance. Smoking of teens might be also caused by influence of their parents. When parents smoke, especially fathers, the children will be conscious of what their parents are taking so they tend to try the same habit. Parents have a very big influence on their children that’s why parents should watch their actions especially when their children are around. They can discuss more stringent norms with the legislators. They can conduct surveys to find out why teenagers smoke. Most teenagers want to act like adults. They feel grown up with a cigarette in their mouth. Still others do it as a sign of rebellion.
2. Drinking of alcoholic drinks
According to statistics 60 percent among the Filipino youths were alcohol drinkers. Filipino drinkers start to drink alcohol from ages 16-17. Among girls drinking is more acceptable than smoking but it is considered more appropriate for men than for women to drink. Underage drinking causes six times more deaths than all the other illicit drugs. Teens fall prey to alcohol as it is easily available. Many studies show that adults whom teenagers know, like parents, friends' parents, relatives etc provide them with alcohol. When teens get drunk (even older people) they can’t control what’s going on around them or what they can do.
The influence of alcohol in people causes them to do things they have no control over. Some of these things are vomiting, getting into fights or worse killing. The influence of alcohol truly causes bad things to us and to other people. Drinking to inebriation has become increasingly common.” The report also says that such “alcohol abuse is associated with various short term adverse effects such as accidents, violence and poisoning, as well as with developmental and social problems.” Teens’ involvement with alcohol increases steadily as they mature. Younger teens are more likely than older teens to drink because of peer pressure. Older teens are more likely than younger teens to drink to escape problems. High Sense of Self teens are particularly resistant to peer pressure to drink.
3. Abusive use of drugs
The most commonly used drug among teens is marijuana. Younger teens are more likely than older teens to use drugs to feel grown up. Older teens are more likely than younger teens to use drugs because of stress. According to a Brazilian study, 24.7 percent of youths between 10 and 17 years of age have already tried some kind of drug. Also while teenage drug use in the United States may have declined somewhat in recent years, alarming numbers of young ones there are addicted.
Despite well-known risks, people continue to abuse drugs, and such abuse continues to destroy lives. Drug abuse costs the United States an estimated 100 billion dollars a year in health care, reduced job productivity, lost earnings, and crime. Well, do you know which group suffers most? It’s the youth. Teenagers with low self-esteem and those who find it hard to cope with the harsh realities of the world take to drugs. It is an escape route for them. The British Office for National Statistics reports that “12 per cent of pupils aged 11-15 had used drugs in the last year. Cannabis [marijuana] was by far the most likely drug to have been used.” Particularly alarming was the fact that “more than one third (35 per cent) had been offered one or more drugs.”