Protect teens from smoking

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Cigarettes and related tobacco products should not be of easy access to our youth. Some youth have also reported that scenes in movies, images throughout the media and social media websites also make the use of traditional cigarettes, hookah, cigars and e-cigarette use appealing to them. There is too much tobacco marketing exposure and not enough information for our youth on the many dangers and harms of nicotine addiction.

Stronger education and limiting youth exposure to tobacco marketing are what our Bronx youth need to make informed decisions in regards to their health. We don’t need more ways for kids and teens to be hooked on nicotine. Nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age, whether they are coming from e-cigarettes, cigars or cigarettes. Programs such as Reality Check of NYC Smoke-Free are hoping to address these concerns and help youth take action and speak up against Big Tobacco in their schools and communities. For more information, or to lend your support, visit our website at

Vonetta Dudley lives in the Bronx. She works for Bronx Reality Check: Youth Engagement, part of NYC Smoke-Free. Point of view is a column  open to all.

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As a former resident of the beautiful Bronx, I applaud the work being done to counter the marketing practices of Big Tobacco. It is reprehensible and irresponsible of Big Tobacco that they would target children to become replacement smokers. With the Bronx having some of the highest incidences of illness including Asthma, heart disease, etc. it is time that we raise the taxes even higher and remove marketing at the cash register where children can see this plague. Education is the key - we MUST protect our children!

Thursday, April 30, 2015