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Forty-eight million Americans smoked in 1997 which is equivalent to about twenty-five percent of the nations adult population according to a US government survey released in November 1999 Cooper np According to Michael Ericksen director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Office on Smoking and Health the smoking rate among young adults ages 18-24 rose about four percent because of the increase in teen smoking seen over the next ten years He said As these teenagers have grown and aged and become young adults theyve brought with them their addiction Cooper np LuAnn Pierce associate director of the American Cancer Societys Texas division agrees saying The majority of smokers -- nine out of ten -- start smoking before theyre 18 Tanamachi np Obviousl America has a tremendous smoking problem which predominately begin in the young perople the nation What can prevent these kids from committing long term suicide from smoking Many people believe in many different solutions Experts say the only proven way to reduce smoking is to raise the price of cigarettes through increased sales taxes Kenneth Warner professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who has studied tobacco for twenty years says Price is a significant factor in all products -- as price rises demand goes down Tanamachi np Other experts believe the tobacco industrys marketing and advertising should be banned because they manipulate adolescents Ken August spokesperson for the California Department of Health believes You cant tell young people theyre going to get sickbut when you tell them theyre being used by adults -- that really gets through Tanamachi np President Clinton agrees that marketing for tobacco should be stopped but he also is convinced that passing tobacco legislation that will reduce teen smoking and benefit the well-being of American kids will help the smoking dilemma as well Unfortunately with the tobacco industrys strong forty million dollar effort in lobbying they will blockade any plan to
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