The period of teenage is such that it takes no time to develop wrong habits and get trapped in the company of bad people. And one such trendy habit now-a-days is smoking. A 12 year old boy very happily knows to smoke and he does so even in his school. He handles it in a slapdash fashion as if he wants to show some style.
Further, he does so unhesitatingly to ensure that others are at least looking at him. If you were to speak to him about his smoking, you will come to know that he got this habit when he was only 11 and that now, his position is the same as that of an addicted person. You will be further shocked to know or wonder that the reason as to why he is smoking is the joy he believes to be in it.
In reality, teens like this boy are contributing to the increasing amount of smokers in the world. This is a harsh fact that needs serious attention. For this, one needs to understand the causes of teenage smoking, which are complex in nature. Distinctively, the causes are more attributed to the unclear responsibility of the teens in the society.
Causes of teenage smoking
- The feeling of private insecurity
One of the major causes of teenage smoking is the feeling of private insecurity that includes a craving to look and behave like adults as well as friends’ and colleagues’ pressure. So, as a line of caution for the teens, never ever accept, get convinced, or believe anything on the spot no matter who is the one telling or inspiring you. Often.
The teens are more likely to feel insecure as they always have the tendency of inferiority complex. Their age is such that they are no longer children, but are also not grown-up adults. So, even though they are unknown to the adult ways, they still wish to be like them and so invite insecurity.
A child can cry and draw the attention of the parents towards his or her desires like a toy, but teenagers consider crying as childish and so would be asked to behave as per their age. And the fact is that teenagers are mostly unaware of how to behave as per their age.
As a result, they are not sure of what is to be done and so they finally take up smoking so that they can hide their anxiety and insecurity. Therefore, the most principal criminal of teenage smoking is confusion and lack of complete knowledge mixed with insecurity.
- Smoking is ‘being quite adult’
As teens learn to look and behave like adults, they try to implement all of the trendy adult manners including how to dress. Above all, what teenagers recognize as ‘being quite adult’ is smoking.
This is possible from the fact that a boy might spot his father or an elder sibling smoking. Undoubtedly, he perceives his father to be a man and so wants to also look like a man, which deceitfully advances him towards cigarettes – an item that all adults know it as harmful.
- An extreme pressure to follow the latest trends
In an attempt of becoming adults, the effort is mostly unconscious and that they look upon the closest adults as their foes – parents and school instructors. So, they have no option but to take the support of peer group. A teenager wants to appear and behave exactly in the same fashion like the other surrounding teenagers.
Now, this peer group has the power to apply an extreme pressure to follow the latest trends irrespective of whether they are good or bad. And one such thing is smoking. The normal boys and girls easily give up to their peers’ invitation of smoking instead of resisting.
- Encouraging effect of advertisements
One more huge culprit of teenage smoking is ads. There is no doubt that these advertisements of promoting the use of cigarettes have an encouraging effect on the adolescent consumers to smoke.
These ads show great icons from the film industry and sports smoking and so the teens too believe that it is not bad to smoke.
As per them, these icons can never do something wrong. But, now-a-days, the anti-tobacco activists have introduced educational ads to spread an awareness regarding the unhealthy effects of smoking and to lessen the number of young ones in the category of smokers.
So, it’s very important for the parents to discuss with the teenagers about the harmful effects of teenage smoking so that they can aid in easily leaving the habit.