Smokers VS Mpower

by catherinefournier on February 2, 2014 - 3:05pm

 

Smoking has been a social problem for many years. Even if everyone knows the bad effects of smoking on ones life, there are still many smokers in our society. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that the smoking rate is higher among poorer communities and people affected by mental illness since it is harder to provide them with quit-smoking aids. However, Dr. Frieden, a mental health commissioner from New York City observed that the streets are full of young adults who seem educated and well-off who smoke. Dr. Frieden believes that the television acted as a huge influence on younger populations. For example, the television show "Sex in the City" made girl believe that smoking is sexy. Also, the show "Mad Men" where we can see people smoking extremely often.

In 2008, the World Health Organization" an antismoking program called the Mpower. It is actually an acronym that describes each part of the program. The here is first Monitoring tobacco use and the effect of prevention programs. Protecting people from the smoke of a surrounding smoker. Offering help for people who want to stop smoking. Then there is Warning about the danger of smoking. E for Enforcing bans on advertising for smoking companies. Finally, there is R that stands for Raising taxes on cigarettes. For more details, here is the link to the article from The New York Times : http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/helping-smokers-quit-or-not-sta.... I believe that this program is good to improve the smoking habits of our society, and if it is followed there will be a great change in this department. 

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