According to the St. Albert Gazette, a Health Canada survey that was conducted in 2010 and released in mid-September shows that 17 per cent of Alberta teens aged 15 to 17 smoked. That’s up five per cent from the previous year, when 12 per cent of Albertan teens said they smoked cigarettes.
The Canadian Tobacco Use survey also showed Albertan youths bucked the national trend, where only 12 per cent of teens 15 to 17 years old admitted to being smokers.
When these teens were asked why there was an increase in teen smoking, they could only rationalize their reasons. But, if you ask me, it's because of peer pressure and because they chose to hang around other smokers.
Well young ladies, take it from someone who's been around the block and experienced the negative consequences of smoking firsthand. There is something you CAN do about it. Trust me, you just need to get out of that place! You'll lead a better life if you change your friends and start hanging around non-smokers. You only have to try.
But, don't just take my word for it, listen to these animal's opinions about smoking.
Chas Chandler, a founding member and bass player for The Animals, and long-term smoker, didn't get out of that place. He died at the age of 57 from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.