AFTER SEPTEMBER 11th
Helping students heal
since September 11th, student worry and anxiety about the
future have increased substantially. A study in New York showed
a connection between a rise in teen smoking after September
11th and teens' new worries about the future.
between 1988 and 1998 the teen smoking rate had already soared
by 73%. Now kids in New York City were smoking even more.
CDC study suggested that the primary reasons for the national
upsurge in the 90's were tobacco industry ads targeting youth,
and a marked surge in smoking in movies during the 1990's.
1999, Smokefree America Executive Director Patrick Reynolds
published a paper in the Stanford Medical Review, citing early
1990's research suggesting that today's teens had "a
keen sense of diminished expectations," and increased
concern and worry about the future.
Reynolds suggested in his paper that an additional, unnoticed
cause of high youth smoking rates might be that too many students
were feeling inwardly, My future is in doubt -- so why
not smoke, try drugs or binge drink? Hey, I just want to have
some fun while I can.
address this, Mr. Reynolds added a section to his live talks
and educational video. He aims to counteract the increasing
worry and anxiety among our youth and to inspire confidence
in the future.
goal is to help empower students and fill them with a new
motivation to "hold on to your health for the amazing
years ahead, in the 21st Century. You'll need your health
-- every precious bit of it -- in the incredible times ahead.
So stay tobacco free and drug free!"
read this section in text form, scroll down our Message
to Youth page, and look for a title in red, Keep
Your Faith in the Future!
an online video clip of this section, please see our video
& audio preview clips page, and click on clip 5.
may also scroll down to
the section in red on our educational