Children and teenagers access to cigarettes is most often through peer groups at school, suggests research drawing on the habits of over 9,000 young smokers today.
The study from the Institute of Education, University of London, says efforts to stop smoking should tackle such “social sources” of cigarettes to help prevent the problem
Researchers are saying that this would reduce the amount of visibility of smoking in children and teenagers lives. This would in turn help to battle smoking in schools and within the youth of today.
The study from the institute’s Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre looks at how to interrupt the process by which youngsters take up smoking.
Using Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Workshops
Smoking is not the only issue amongst the youth of today in the UK there are huge drug and alcohol issues, smoking is a small part of the growing puzzle. This method of trying to reduce the amount of exposure children and teenagers get towards cigarettes is also being used towards alcohol and other stronger drugs.
More can be done to help prevent children and teens from using drugs, we need to tackle the problems head on and from all angels in order to make a dent.
Utilising Trap Media’s Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Workshops your organisation can have a bespoke workshop, this helps make children aware of the issues that drugs and alcohol bring, and provides them with a comfortable sound board to discuss current problems and issues they may be facing day to day.
During a anti smoking workshop participants will be shown some of the effects that smoking can have.
International studies of millions of people by government, industry, universities,
and private research institutions have determined that smoking can cause:
1. Stained teeth, fingers, and hair
2. Increased frequency of colds, particularly chest colds and bronchitis
5. Gastrointestinal difficulties, constipation, diarrhea, and colitis
9. Leukoflakia (smoker’s patch)
11. Heart murmur
12. Buerger’s disease (inflammation of blood vessel linings)
13. Shortness of breath
15. Smoker’s hack
17. Wrinkles and premature aging
19. Gastric, duodenal, and peptic ulcers
20. Lung cancer
21. Cancer of the lip, tongue, pharynx, larynx, and bladder
23.High blood pressure
24. Heart disease
25. Artherosclerosis & arteriosclerosis (thickening and loss of elasticity of the blood vessels with lessened blood flow)
26. Inflammation of the sinus passages
27. Tobacco angina (nicotine angina pectoris)
30. Pulmonary tuberculosis
31. Tobacco amblyopia
32. impared hearing
33. Decreased sexual activity
34. Mental depression
Blood flow to the extremities is decreased (cold hands and feet). One puff lowers the temperature in the fingertips 1ºF to 3ºF in 3 minutes.
Nicotine affects the nerve-muscle junctions, causing tremors and shaking. Nicotine causes narrowing and constriction of the arteries, adding to the heart’s load. Nicotine, through its ability to stimulate, causes excitement and anxiety. But the effect wears off, often a period of depression follows, whereupon another cigarette is taken. Nicotine, an insecticide, makes the blood more viscous and decreases the available oxygen. It also adversely affects the breathing, sweating, intestinal, and heart actions of our autonomic nervous system, probably due to hindering the blood flow to the nerve centres in the brain.
This is just touching on some on the physical and mental effects smoking can have our workshops are run by one of our experienced trainers who are enhanced CRB checked. The workshops are designed to be interactive using discussions and theatre to interact with participants.
During our anti drug and alcohol workshops we aim to identify and correct myths and ignorance, and to ensure that participants are aware of up-to-date information on the consequences of using banned substances and tobacco, and of the misuse of alcohol, solvents.
Together we explore how best to tackle pressures, and equally importantly, how to support peers and friends in making and keeping to the right life-affecting decisions.
All our workshops, we tailor content and emphasis to each school’s policy and needs. Overall review and revision of our workshops is a continuing process.
To book a PSHE Workshop on Drug or Alcohol Awareness please contact us on 0800 689 9909 for more information.